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Questions tagged [surnames]

For questions about the use, distribution, origin and etymology of surnames, also known as family names or last names.

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Checking if surname is common in Czech Republic?

I’m thinking of trying to find relatives in the Czech Republic so I can learn more about my family history. Here in the US, my name is so rare that anyone who shares it is definitely related to me, ...
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What kind of name is Awakum?

My Russian grandfather was born in the late 1890's in the state of Wolynia, the county of Kovel, and the town of Lechiny. His father was called "Awakum". Does anyone know what kind of name that is ...
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Vavaruk or Varvarook

I am looking for any information that I can find. My Grandfather Peter came to Canada from Romania anywhere between 1910-1915 to Quebec by ship. His last name was Vavaruk, Vavruk, or Varvarook. He ...
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Seeking informational resources on “Robinson” family name origin?

I have hit somewhat of a wall in researching the European lines of my Robinson ancestors. I did learn of the possibility (vs. likelihood?) that Robinson is not a Scottish name, but rather originated ...
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Correct spelling of Austrian surname Wasmanski?

My family has always always spelled our last name Wasmanski. On my grandfathers Declaration on Intention it is spelled Waksmunski. He was from Austria. I have seen so many different spellings of the ...
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Origin of Falez Surname?

My last name is Falez, which is a fairly uncommon surname. The farthest person back in the family tree that I'm aware of was, I'm told, Slovenian or Austrian, which is obviously borders Italy and is ...
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Name changes in Canada in the 1920s?

My great-grandfather died in WW1 and then my great-grandmother remarried and had more children with her second husband. This would have been 1920s rural Saskatchewan. All of the children took one last ...
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Finding original surname of Anton Orsik who immigrated to United States from Russia (Lithuania)?

My father in-law Anton Orsik was born in Vilna, Russia 1898, His father was Feodor Orsik, or that is the spelling of the name on the marriage certificate in New York after his immigration in 1913. I ...
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Combining maiden name, birth and death dates in parentheses

I would like to write a narrative sentence describing the names and birth and death dates of a given individual. Would it be acceptable to put the wife's maiden name, followed by the dates, within one ...
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How Piasecki was spelled originally?

The Piasecki family originally is from Poland. They came to Ellis island, then ended up in Connecticut. I know that there is no connection to the Piasecki’s who have to do with helicopters. I am ...
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What is the meaning and origins of the family name, Majersdorf?

What is the meaning of my family name, Majersdorf. (Also spelled Maiersdorf, Meierdorf, Meyersdorf, Myersdorf.)
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What is the meaning of the German surname “Wiesch”?

What is the meaning of the German surname "Wiesch"? I actually want Wieschhaus, but the haus seems easy.
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Why is surname Bender not on record?

I have been looking in many places on the internet. When I do search, they have nothing to do with my family ancestors or even the surname Bender. Why is that?
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Identifying family crest?

This wax seal was in my late grandmother's possession. Can someone here shed light on the associated surname to this piece? It doesn't seem to fit her maiden mane (Feild) or her married name (...
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What Romanian surnames sound similar to Cashol?

What Romanian surnames sound similar to Cashol and what would their spelling be in the cyrillic alphabet? Specifically from the Buchovnia region.
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Finding original spelling of Polish name Vazuka which was anglicized on arrival to US? [duplicate]

My last name is Vazuka, but it is polish and was anglicized upon arrival to the US. How do you spell it in Polish? How do you pronounce Vazuka in Polish?
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Origin of rare Maltese surname De Nasi/Nasis?

I am looking for help finding an etymology for the rare Maltese surname of De Nasi/Nasis. I have done cursory research into this and surname, and many Maltese surnames now have etymologies, but this ...
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Irvine Laird of Drum surname question

I’ve been researching Lairds in Sterling and found a link to the 11th Laird of Drum, Alexander Irvine. Can anyone give me insight on why his child would be named David Laird and not Irvine? Could it ...
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Is there a way to rename a surname in an Ancestry tree?

I imported a GEDCOM and the accents in the GEDCOM got misinterpreted for some surnames. I'd like to fix this by doing a global replace of one surname with another, to replace the improper Kovaïč with ...
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How did the surname Ormond originate?

I'm trying to understand how the surname Ormond originated. It is clustered primarily in South West Wales, Dublin and Angus in Scotland. In Dublin, the surname comes from a place name in East ...
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What is the origin of the Maltese/Gozitan surname “Apap”?

I have many Apap's from Gozo (Malta's sister island) on my family tree and I know that the surname goes back a long way, to the 16th century at least. I haven't trace my Maltese line this far yet and ...
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Is there such a thing as Ashkenazi Jewish surnames?

What makes me ask this question is this answer by @ezra to http://genealogy.stackexchange.com/questions/12159/spelling-of-surname-kowesnki-kowenski. The answer claims the name "Kowenski" is Jewish, ...
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What was surname of Susan/Susanna, wife of Edward McDowell, from Devon area in abt 1800?

There is an old story in my mother's family of my great-great-great-grandmother Susan having come from a wealthy family but been 'cut off with an angry shilling' when she married the family coachman, ...
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Looking for information on Trude Schneider, a member of the Bund Deutscher Mädel, Nazi youth league for girls

Trude Schneider was a member of the BDM. My father served in WWII and somehow ended up with her photo album which details her summer in 1940 youth camp, some of that time near Nuremberg. I would love ...
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At which point where orthography of German family names “set in stone”?

My family name has two spelling variants, which are alternating in the catholic church records I found. Many people in the village had my family name so we can immediately see the tendency, one priest ...
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Encoding Surnames with Gender Variations (Greek, Czech, Russian, etc) in Gramps?

Background: In some cultures, such as Greek, Bulgarian, Russian, Slovak, Czech, etc. surnames change form depending on the gender of the bearer. For example, ...in Slovakia and Czech Republic alike,...
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Origin of surname Jess in Poland/Germany?

It always puzzled me, where is my last name from? I have no clue, since I have never seen encountered my last name anywhere else. We come from Poland. Our family supposedly comes from around ...
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Origin of surname Шцмоняк

My paternal grandfather is the oldest person I know anything about who had the name. He was born in Rosiska (the obituaries disagree about whether that is in Czechoslovakia or Ukraine). He passed away ...
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Family name which sounds like сипа?

I wonder if this family name, "сипа" or "sipa", does exist in any slavic language (or maybe jewish). The ortography might be different and not exactly the same as I wrote it. The only thing I know for ...
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What might 'i' separating parts of someone's name mean?

I've found two names in my family that I'm trying to parse out Husband: Jordi Flos i Margalef Wife: Antonia Bassols i Sunyol Their daughter: Rosa Flos What does the i something in the two parents` ...
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Spelling Polish name pronounced Ko lo jay?

For sure it starts with K. Pronounced Ko lo jay. There is a d on last syllable is similar to dij. Maybe Kolodij?
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Determining average number of people that have same surname as random person?

This website gives the approximate number of people with a particular surname in all countries: http://forebears.io/surnames It spits a number, for example "1500 people", but the problem is that I ...
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If widow remarries, do English records ca 1820 show maiden name?

In England, if a widow remarries, is the marriage record more likely to show her maiden name, or the married name from her previous marriage (circa 1820)?. From what I understand, in Scotland, a widow ...
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MacFamilyTree: underlining the preferred first name

I recently switched to MacFamilyTree (8.0.10) and a) would like to know whether it is possible to have one first name underlined (or somehow highlighted) in the program, like: John S̲e̲b̲a̲s̲t̲i̲a̲n̲ ...
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Identifying birth family of Joan Befford/Beauford/Beaford who married John Hobb in 1708 at Launceston, Cornwall?

I've just found that my 8th great grandfather John Hobb married his wife in 1708 in Cornwall - Launceston, St Mary Magdalene. The wife's name is listed as Joan Befford. Upon searching for her birth, ...
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Spelling of surname Kowesnki/Kowenski

Grandmother's maiden name is listed as Kowesnki. I have not been able to find any such surname. Do you have any idea on the correct spelling?
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Updating Surname Chart of Male-Line descendants in form of tree?

I have an old Family Tree or Chart that dates back many centuries. It is a Surname Chart of Male-Line descendants in the form of a tree. It flows from the bottom upward and the trunk of the tree is ...
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Alternative spellings of Polish surname Swider?

What might alternative spellings be for my father's surname of Swider? His father, Andrew emigrated from Poland in about 1907. I cannot find his name on immigration lists and so I suspect his name ...
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Benefits of joining the Guild of One-Name Studies?

For years I have been conducting an informal (and/or obsessive) one-name study. There are only 150 or so people who bear our surname globally, all but a handful of those in England. I have many ...
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Did any of the descendants of Rabbi Ascher ben Jechiel take “Rosch” as a surname?

I have been trying to trace my roots and the earliest appearance of "Rosch" as a (sur)name seems to be Rabbi Ascher ben Jechiel (1250 or 1259 – 1327). However, I cannot find which, if any, of his sons ...
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Researching family member that immigrated to USA from Poland in 1831

I'm looking for information on the surname Lyskowinski in Poland. I know he came on a ship named Northumber that departed from London, England and arrived in America on Aug. 23, 1852. His place of ...
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Jensen vs Jorgensen: Last Name for Danish [closed]

I am using FamilySearch, and have found a marriage where there are two husbands. I am questioning if these are duplicates. They have the same first name (Anders), but different last names. These last ...
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Correct spelling of Polish surname Mahowski? [duplicate]

I am looking for the correct spelling of Polish surname Mihowski or Mahowski? I hope to find cousins in Poland.
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Name Changes in New York City during 1830s?

Are there records for people who changed their names in New York City (NYC) in the 1830's? My ancestor was from France and changed his name after arriving in NYC in the 1830's.
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Original Spelling(s) of Polish surname anglicized as Shemynski?

The English spelling of my maternal grandmother's maiden name was "Shemynski". I would like to know the original/alternate spelling(s) to look for in Polish records, with the appropriate language ...
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Creating a list of surnames from a specific municipality in Germany (Baden)?

I am looking to make a list of current day surnames where my ancestors lived in the 19th century to aid in translating and spelling out names in old baptism and marriage records. I know that the ...
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What is the spelling of this hand written name?

The 31 Dec 1814 marriage of Moses Ragan and Miss Polly Walker in Nelson, Kentucky, United States shown here states: Know all men by these presents, that we Moses Ragan & Charles Walker are held ...
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What is the origin of the surname Griffin?

Different websites give conflicting opinions regarding this surname. What is the origin of Griffin when used as a surname?
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Is surname Ede of Northern European origin and rare in England?

I am trying to identify my British great-grandfather. I have investigated him in Japan and narrowed the candidates down to eight. I then checked those eight candidates in detail; seven of them seem ...
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Finding surname distributions for names in Poland before WW2?

Gen-evolu allows us to see the distribution of family names in Germany both in modern times and during the peak of the third Reich in WW2, before Germany was affected with the ethnic cleansing of its ...