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Kingbarney
82639.  Sat Jul 29, 2006 12:56 pm Reply with quote

Do you know the orgin of your surmane; some origins are relatively easy to work out like Smith or Johnson. then you come to origin surnames like Walker or Connolly are harder to discover. Does anyone know of other surnames that unusual origins ?

 
gerontius grumpus
82652.  Sat Jul 29, 2006 2:32 pm Reply with quote

I used to know an Indian family with the name Ginwallah.
I was horrified by the thought that one of their ancestors might have been the servant who served gin to the toffs in the days of the Raj.

 
Tigerman
82911.  Mon Jul 31, 2006 5:09 pm Reply with quote

Ginwallah eh?

While we're mentioning surnames with potentially odd origins, can I mention a girl I used to work with who had the surname Murkin?

Yes, yes; I know it's with a "U" intead of an "E"..........

 
Kingbarney
83116.  Tue Aug 01, 2006 11:42 am Reply with quote

Tigerman wrote:
can I mention a girl I used to work with who had the surname Murkin?

Yes, yes; I know it's with a "U" intead of an "E"..........


Yes yuou can :-)
Well that surmane wouldnt be too bad for the females in the family. Compared to the jokes that the males in the family would have to face.

 
Tas
83122.  Tue Aug 01, 2006 12:25 pm Reply with quote

My family's name comes from the fact that we used to live at the bottom of a hill....and we are not called Hillsbottom, I am pleased to say.

:-)

Tas

 
tetsabb
83125.  Tue Aug 01, 2006 12:41 pm Reply with quote

Tas wrote:
My family's name comes from the fact that we used to live at the bottom of a hill....and we are not called Hillsbottom, I am pleased to say.

Underhill? You're a hobbit?
Mole?
Fossil?
Slopey?

 
Tas
83164.  Tue Aug 01, 2006 5:40 pm Reply with quote

Not a hobbit, but the family name certainly sounds hobbit-ish.....or Kender-like, if you read Dragonlance novels!

:-)

Tas

 
Hans Mof
83177.  Tue Aug 01, 2006 7:14 pm Reply with quote

My surname is a patronymic derived from a shortened deminutive of the Old German name Warinheri.
(warin - to weir/to fend + heri - army).

Typing this I notice that this reads almost like the explanation to a term of endearment for 'Wehrmacht'. Thank goodness, my actual surname doesn't remotely sound like that.

 
PYRO73
83194.  Tue Aug 01, 2006 10:19 pm Reply with quote

My surname is palmer and here is the meaning. Nickname for someone who had been on a pigrimage to the holy land. Such pilgrims generally brought back a palm branch as proof of their journey.

 
Tas
83239.  Wed Aug 02, 2006 4:28 am Reply with quote

Mrs Tas' maiden name was a very old word for a Thatcher.

:-)

Tas

 
Hans Mof
83243.  Wed Aug 02, 2006 4:43 am Reply with quote

My boyfriends surname translates as "long wood".
As a matter of fact, I never had reason to complain. Sorry.

 
dr.bob
83246.  Wed Aug 02, 2006 4:58 am Reply with quote

lol!

Sadly my surname simply derives from a colour. Bit boring really.

 
Tas
83248.  Wed Aug 02, 2006 5:01 am Reply with quote

Ah, the famed Doctor Robert Chartreuse, I presume?

:-)

Tas

 
dr.bob
83249.  Wed Aug 02, 2006 5:01 am Reply with quote

Curses, my secret identity has been discovered!

 
Jenny
83629.  Thu Aug 03, 2006 5:00 pm Reply with quote

Our surname has a nickname derivation meaning brave and strong.

<flexes muscles>

 

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