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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Using née to indicate more than one previous surname for same person?

Can you use the term née twice when referring to someone married three times. For example, "My mother Jill Smith, née Brown, née White ..."
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Seeking Canadian immigration record for Pater Vavaruk/Varvarook who came from Romania 1910-1915?

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 later ended up with the last name Warll. The ...
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What is the meaning and origin of the surname Lambert?

What is the meaning of this name? What was the history behind it? Which country does it originated firstly? What ethnicity people will have this name?
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Proper way to record mother's maiden name in Gramps 5?

It's not clear to me how both surnames should be entered for women who took their husbands surname when they married. On some genealogy websites I often see married women's names displayed in the ...
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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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Conflicting names of ancestor's parents from different records?

Winnifred Lydia O'Brien 1896–1979 BIRTH 30 OCT 1896 • Stroud, Gloucestershire, England DEATH 28 NOV 1979 • New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada I believe I have found my great-grandmother in ...
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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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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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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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What is the origin of the surname 'Dubé'?

I been tracking down my family history before they settled in North America. I was very fortunate to be able to track down my mother's side. But with my father's side I was not so fortunate. We know ...
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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 Polish surname Dziubenofska?

My Polish grandmothers last name was Dziubenofska, but I know that's not how it is spelt! I'm looking for the proper spelling. Can you help find it for me? She came over to Ellis Island and they ...
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How can I identify all the possible alternatives for a surname

My ancestor Mary Ann Harper is frustratingly elusive as mentioned here. However, Harper is a surname that would lend itself to different spellings in censuses, birth records and the like — ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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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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 ...
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Tracing genealogy of people with particular Polish surname?

I am trying to trace the genealogy of one or more people with the surname "Wozniack." I believe that it is Polish name and that these people are of Polish descent Where in Poland are people with ...
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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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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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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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Spelling of Original Hungarian or Czechoslovakian surname?

I am working on tracing my girlfriend's family tree. Her last name is Paul, however her great-great grandfather immigrated from either Hungary or Czechoslovakia depending on who you ask. They say ...
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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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What is the meaning and origin of the surname Nesselrothees?

I am having trouble finding anything out about the surname Nesselrothees. My great grandmother was registered under the surname in 1840 England. Her father was Alexander Dorow Nesselrothees. He was ...
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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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Average number of people per name?

Are there statistics of "name ambiguity? For example, how many people share the same full name on average? This would be particularily interesting per country.
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Determining surname for 1782 baptism in Breconshire, Wales?

In Finding birth/baptism/marriage record for Priscilla who married printer Henry Hughes probably about 1810 in Breconshire, Wales? I sought vital records for Priscilla Hughes, the printer, of Struet, ...
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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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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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Tracking family names and migration patterns using GIS?

I posted a question, Using web mapping and geocoding to track genealogical data, over at Geographic Information Systems SE awhile ago, so I was quite excited when I saw the proposal for this site. I ...
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Would the Polish surname Jurkiewicz have been different in Russia?

Elias (Alexander) Jurkiewicz was living in Bilyi Kamin', Ukraine when his first children were born. Family lore says Elias came from Russia and worked there as a shoemaker for the Czar (we haven't ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Jacob Fisher and Sarah Hodges (married in 1773 in Sharon, MA) - who were their childen?

Page 27 of the Sharon, Massachusetts Vital Records show Jacob Fisher and his wife Sarah had a son Jacob born 30 Apr 1776: Jacob, s. of Jacob and Sarah, Apr. 30, 1776 Page 94 of those records show a ...
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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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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 ...