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Re: Meanings of surnames

#61  Postby hackenslash » Aug 16, 2011 8:18 am

Agrippina wrote:What can I say, creativity in my family it runs. :lol:


Big noses run in my family... :mrgreen:
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Re: Meanings of surnames

#62  Postby Agrippina » Aug 16, 2011 8:22 am

:rofl: You know what they say about big noses (and big feet) :naughty2:
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#63  Postby trubble76 » Aug 16, 2011 9:03 am

Agrippina wrote::rofl: You know what they say about big noses (and big feet) :naughty2:


They do a lot of running?

My first name is a contraction of "Tobit's son" so I'm told, a bibley thing I think. My surname is just geographical, dull.
My mother's maiden name is Davis, derived from jewish ancestory I believe. It probably just means David's son.
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Re: Meanings of surnames

#64  Postby Agrippina » Aug 16, 2011 9:21 am

What does the Dutch surname "Buys" mean? That was my mum's maiden name.
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Re: Meanings of surnames

#65  Postby Sgt Kelly » Aug 16, 2011 9:42 am

According to this amateur (I presume) etymologist's site it's the Brabantic version of 'Bosch'. So Wood or Woods, basically.
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Re: Meanings of surnames

#66  Postby Agrippina » Aug 16, 2011 9:48 am

Thanks, I'll go with "Woods" definitely not "Bush" don't wanna touch that name. :lol:
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Re: Meanings of surnames

#67  Postby Fallible » Aug 16, 2011 1:20 pm

Agrippina wrote:What about first names? Does anyone here love the names their parents gave them, or would they change them if they could. I rather like being Aggie, I hate the name my parents chose for me although Agrippina Steinberg doesn't exactly work does it?

edlt: misspelling of my chosen name.


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Re: Meanings of surnames

#68  Postby Scarlett » Aug 16, 2011 1:22 pm

I'm named after a saint, and a male one at that, that's shit on both counts :roll:

I do actually like my name.
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#69  Postby HughMcB » Aug 16, 2011 2:03 pm

Fallible wrote:I'm named after a small moorland shrub. Nuff said. :smug:

Ehhhh..... shrubbie! :thumbup:
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#70  Postby Fallible » Aug 16, 2011 2:06 pm

:waah:
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Re: Meanings of surnames

#71  Postby Delvo » Aug 16, 2011 2:22 pm

I've found out what the Slavic "ski" (or "skyi" or "ska") is about. It indicates that the stuff preceding it is the name or description of where somebody came from. So someone from Kiev could have been Kievski, or someone from near a lake (ozyero) could have been Ozyeroski. I just didn't catch on because I'd never seen examples where I knew what the part before the suffix was. (I just made up these examples using a name and a word that I did happen to know.)

That makes it functionally the same as the Vans and Vons in Germanic names and Da/De/Dis in Latin-derived languages... although, coming at the end of a word instead of before it, it's structurally closer to the Nordic "ing" or "ling" as an indicator of people's origin, which I've never seen used in a name.
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Re: Meanings of surnames

#72  Postby Berthold » Aug 16, 2011 4:22 pm

Animal names as surnames are fairly common in several languages (German among them), and in Czech they are a considerable proportion of existing surnames. Well, a person was given a nickname because his/her personality had some resemblance to the animal, or, in the case of "noble" beasts, the name was given wishfully as a good omen.

So, that's not overly enigmatic either. ;)
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Re: Meanings of surnames

#73  Postby Agrippina » Aug 16, 2011 7:31 pm

OMG my stupid name makes me poisonous in the USA. I hate that name, just call me Aggie.
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Re: Meanings of surnames

#74  Postby Emmeline » Aug 16, 2011 7:54 pm

On the English side of my family we have typically English westcountry names as far back as I've traced (1670s) and the same on the Scottish side for typically Scots names (they didn't travel far!)

I love playing with this site and looking at the surname distribution for 1881 - gives you a clue about the GB area the names came from
http://gbnames.publicprofiler.org/Surnames.aspx
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#75  Postby Emmeline » Aug 16, 2011 8:09 pm

Just used the above site to check Darwin's surname - appears to come from the Yorkshire area.

Interesting to see how many of my westcountry family names have Norman origins - maybe because so many settled in this area, which is close to Normandy.
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Re: Meanings of surnames

#76  Postby akigr8 » Aug 16, 2011 8:40 pm

Our family tree(on my mother's side) has roots in Iceland, and through the icelandic registry our family has been traced back to 934. A couple of family members drowned in Breidafirdi, one male in 1026 and one in 1070. A lot were farmers, some priest, a couple of chieftains. Most of them have the suffix son or dottir.
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Re: Meanings of surnames

#77  Postby Agrippina » Aug 17, 2011 4:52 am

My children's surname is Polish/Jewish and their paternal grandmother's Elliot and her mother's Fletcher. I looked at your site Emm, it confirmed what she told us, also they've adopted the Elliot tartan. The paternal name has undergone some changes over time, but in SA it is unique, which is why I don't want to mention it here. The granddaughter expected any time this month will be the first girl with the surname in 80 years and the only girl in South Africa with that name. The only other people with the surname have emigrated from SA, to the US and the nearest relatives are in France.
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Re: Meanings of surnames

#78  Postby hackenslash » Aug 17, 2011 7:25 am

Fallible wrote:I'm named after a small moorland shrub. Nuff said. :smug:


Excellent! Now I know just where to go if I ever meet the knights who say Ni!
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Re: Meanings of surnames

#79  Postby Agrippina » Aug 17, 2011 9:29 am

Your mother was a hamster!
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Re: Meanings of surnames

#80  Postby Fallible » Aug 17, 2011 8:56 pm

hackenslash wrote:
Fallible wrote:I'm named after a small moorland shrub. Nuff said. :smug:


Excellent! Now I know just where to go if I ever meet the knights who say Ni!


:rofl:
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