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Re: Meanings of surnames

#81  Postby lobawad » Aug 17, 2011 9:26 pm

NineBerry wrote:
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NineBerry wrote:Heißen is an old Germanic word for "to say"


What now?


Huh?

Nowadays means "being called". For example "Ich heiße NineBerry" means "My name is NineBerry, I am called NineBerry".
My dictionary says it is related to the Swedisch verb "heda" which today has the same meaning.

Only seldom the verb "heißen" is still used with the meaning "to order someone to do something" or "to ask someone to do someone".

"Habe ich dich nicht geheißen, dein Zimmer aufzuräumen?" - "Didn't I tell you to tidy your room?"

The adjective "heiß" (hot, high temperature) has the same spelling, but the words are not related in any way.

"Ich heiße NineBerry" - "I am called NineBerry"
"Eine heiße Tasse Milch" - "A hot cup of milk".


But "das heisst..." can mean "that is, ...." or "that is to say...." , so you can find the meaning of "to say" as well as "to name" in the word.
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Re: Meanings of surnames

#82  Postby Nostalgia » Aug 18, 2011 12:47 am

Scottish names are pretty easy to understand. My surname and my user name means 'Son of Ivor'. It's a anglicisation of 'Mac Íomhair', Íomhair being the old Gaelic version of the Norse name Ivor.
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Re: Meanings of surnames

#83  Postby Onyx8 » Aug 18, 2011 1:34 am

It's not mine, but the name 'Palmer" denoting someone who has travelled to the holy land and returned with a palm leaf to prove their journey, has always intrigued me.

My name is Ogilvie from Scotland apparently via Ireland, I named my son after a mineral, can you guess which one?
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Re: Meanings of surnames

#84  Postby Pulsar » Aug 18, 2011 1:50 am

Onyx8 wrote:I named my son after a mineral, can you guess which one?

Beryl? Emerald? Jade? Jasper? Mica? ... Cummingtonite?

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Re: Meanings of surnames

#85  Postby Nostalgia » Aug 18, 2011 3:34 am

Onyx8 wrote:It's not mine, but the name 'Palmer" denoting someone who has travelled to the holy land and returned with a palm leaf to prove their journey, has always intrigued me.

My name is Ogilvie from Scotland apparently via Ireland, I named my son after a mineral, can you guess which one?


Strontium? :ask: :shifty:

Ogilvie's is the name of a furniture store in Inverness, my nearest town bizarrely enough.
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Re: Meanings of surnames

#86  Postby akigr8 » Aug 18, 2011 4:59 am

MacIver wrote:Scottish names are pretty easy to understand. My surname and my user name means 'Son of Ivor'. It's a anglicisation of 'Mac Íomhair', Íomhair being the old Gaelic version of the Norse name Ivor.

Ivar is used as a name today in Norway., I'm guessing it's related to Ivor.
Iver is a word in Norwegian and means zeal, eagerness, enthusiasm.
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Re: Meanings of surnames

#87  Postby Onyx8 » Aug 18, 2011 5:56 am

MacIver wrote:
Onyx8 wrote:It's not mine, but the name 'Palmer" denoting someone who has travelled to the holy land and returned with a palm leaf to prove their journey, has always intrigued me.

My name is Ogilvie from Scotland apparently via Ireland, I named my son after a mineral, can you guess which one?


Strontium? :ask: :shifty:

Ogilvie's is the name of a furniture store in Inverness, my nearest town bizarrely enough.


Perhaps related.

I had the name of my son in mind but checked out other minerals; the only one that really struck me was Anusite which I thankfully put at number 2 on the list.
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Re: Meanings of surnames

#88  Postby murshid » Aug 18, 2011 9:09 am

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murshid wrote:My surname is 'Islam'. :( :whine:


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Re: Meanings of surnames

#89  Postby Wiðercora » Aug 18, 2011 11:47 am

My surname derrives from the Saxon word freo, meaning free, as in not a slave. So yeah. I don't have a family name, so much as a designation.
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Re: Meanings of surnames

#90  Postby Nostalgia » Aug 19, 2011 12:15 am

akigr8 wrote:
MacIver wrote:Scottish names are pretty easy to understand. My surname and my user name means 'Son of Ivor'. It's a anglicisation of 'Mac Íomhair', Íomhair being the old Gaelic version of the Norse name Ivor.

Ivar is used as a name today in Norway., I'm guessing it's related to Ivor.
Iver is a word in Norwegian and means zeal, eagerness, enthusiasm.
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I've always thought my name was missing an 'x' or a 'z'.
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Re: Meanings of surnames

#91  Postby Emmeline » Aug 19, 2011 7:31 am

MacIver wrote:
akigr8 wrote:
MacIver wrote:Scottish names are pretty easy to understand. My surname and my user name means 'Son of Ivor'. It's a anglicisation of 'Mac Íomhair', Íomhair being the old Gaelic version of the Norse name Ivor.

Ivar is used as a name today in Norway., I'm guessing it's related to Ivor.
Iver is a word in Norwegian and means zeal, eagerness, enthusiasm.
:wave: @ MacZeal


I've always thought my name was missing an 'x' or a 'z'.


Fascinating distribution of MacIver in 1881:

http://gbnames.publicprofiler.org/Map.a ... &type=name
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