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What might 'i' separating parts of someone's name mean?

Tentatively, those names do look rather Spanish, but that need not mean much. However, Wikipedia's page on Spanish naming conventions notes that: Currently in Spain, people bear a single or ...
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Is there such a thing as Ashkenazi Jewish surnames?

Ashkenazi Surnames really only came about in the early 1800s actually. The Jews of Western Europe (Germany, France, and England etc) took surnames sooner than their coreligionists in Eastern Europe. ...
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Spelling Polish name pronounced Ko lo jay?

If polish spelling rules are applied to "Ko lo jay" it'd look like Kolodżej. However, Kołodziej is more likely to be your answer as it is a real polish family name but it is NOT pronuced "Ko lo". But ...
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Average number of people per name?

Although it may seem otherwise when researching a family with a common name in a limited area, Anglo-Saxon full names (first and last) are surprisingly unique. It's statistically quite uncommon for ...
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Benefits of joining the Guild of One-Name Studies?

I have been a member of the Guild for ten years and have benefited hugely from my membership. These are what I see as some of the main benefits. You get a free profile page on the Guild website where ...
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Seeking informational resources on “Robinson” family name origin?

As it is a patronymically derived name ..."Robin's son", the likelihood of there being any single attributable geographic origin is very unlikely. Surname distribution maps derived from census ...
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What kind of name is Awakum?

Avvakum (Lat.: Abacuc, Ukr.: Аввакум, Grk.: Αμβακουμ) is a biblical name derived from the name of prophet Habakuk (ca. 612 BC). Also a notable person, protopope Avvakum Petrov (...
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What variants in spelling and pronunciation might there be for Polish surname Chorzelewski?

If you're trying to guess a proper spelling of a Polish surname, there are two useful resources to look at. The more reliable is the PESEL database, which contains data about every living Polish ...
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Determining parents of 19th Century Swiss ancestor?

I think your "Lauraine" is Lausanne, which is a city in the canton of Vaud, Switzerland. (There is also the French region of Lorraine, if someone's understanding of European geography was especially ...
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Original Spelling(s) of Polish surname anglicized as Shemynski?

It could be 'Szemiński' (that's male form, female would be 'Szemińska') but that's quite an approximate guess. Things to consider is that 19th Century Warsaw had at different times, Prussian, Polish, ...
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Benefits of joining the Guild of One-Name Studies?

I am sure there are lots of benefits to being a member of any society and there are sometimes various options. For example, Somerset & Dorset FHS exists, as do the separate county FHS groups. As ...
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What might 'i' separating parts of someone's name mean?

"i" means "and". They both were Catalan. Nowadays in Catalunya we still use both family names but only a few still use the conjunction "i" between them. Becouse of globalization it starts to be common ...
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Family name which sounds like сипа?

Version 1, derived from сипати I found a linguistics professor in an Ukrainian university whose name is Liliya Sypa (Ukr: Сипа), and she helped to reveal the etymology of her name. The main version ...
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Is there such a thing as Ashkenazi Jewish surnames?

I am not an expert, but am adding my humble bits to the answer: There is no such thing as a jewish surname, indeed. First of all a surname itself is not a jewish thing. Jews are not indetified by ...
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Correct spelling of Austrian surname Wasmanski?

There is no correct spelling of your surname. Sure, there is now. It's Wasmanski. Unless one of your modern-day relatives spell it differently, and they might. It is possible your current spelling ...
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Conflicting names of ancestor's parents from different records?

I suggest you obtain a copy of Winifred's birth certificate. It can be ordered from the GRO website. In the New GRO index, here is her entry: As you can see, the Mother's maiden surname is given as ...
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Finding original Polish surname of 19th Century immigrant to United States?

The basic premise in family history is to start with what you know, and work backwards and outwards from that point in small increments to discover more. You want to be able to say with confidence, ...
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Tracing genealogy of people with particular Polish surname?

I just checked Wikipedia and found that Wozniak is the "tenth most common surname in Poland (89,015 people in 2009)" and, as a result, I suspect you will find people of that name (and its variants) ...
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How can I identify all the possible alternatives for a surname

For an 'out of the box' answer -- one of the more interesting blog posts I've come across recently is from Kenneth Marks' site The Ancestor Hunt where he offers a series of lessons on how to do ...
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Is name Angloher derived from Anglii from northern Germany?

Surname derivation from the Angle tribe, once based in northern Germany, is unlikely. The highest concentration of Angloher residents of Germany per Geogen is in south-east Bavaria, near the Austrian ...
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What might 'i' separating parts of someone's name mean?

Other answers have already confirmed that those are clearly Catalan surnames, although they are not very common - in fact, surnames of Catalan origin are very diverse, so they tend to be rare. I can ...
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Proper way to record mother's maiden name in Gramps 5?

I'm a new Gramps user and had this same question. After much searching I concluded that the best way is to add multiple names under the 'Names' tab: Unfortunately this requires retyping the given ...
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How can I identify all the possible alternatives for a surname

I'm surprised no-one seems to have mentioned using wildcards. Provided the search engine of the site you are using will support it (and Ancestry is pretty limited in this regard), putting in "Harp*" ...
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Spelling of Original Hungarian or Czechoslovakian surname?

The sounds [polɑvt͡ʃɛk] would be written Polavcsek in modern Hungarian; [pɑlovt͡ʃɛk] would be Palovcsek. However, surnames often preserve archaic spellings, and in any case nobody paid much attention ...
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Is there a Polish variant of the name Thillmann, and what does this name mean?

The site serwis heraldyczno-genealogiczny has a searchable database of names from the book "Słownika nazwisk współcześnie w Polsce używanych" (Dictionary of names in use in Poland) by well-known ...
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If widow remarries, do English records ca 1820 show maiden name?

So far as I remember in my data, it's always her current name prior to the marriage about to take place. NB I haven't constructed a query to check this out but that's how it seems to go. I definitely ...
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How Piasecki was spelled originally?

This is a common question for beginning genealogists. However, the emphasis on the correct spelling of a name is a relatively recent phenomenon. Even if you could determine a preferential spelling for ...
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Checking if surname is common in Czech Republic?

I'm Czech so I could help, although you did not mention the name. Anyway, here are some sites I use for this purpose. They allow you to search surnames ("příjmení" in czech), and will show ...
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Using née to indicate more than one previous surname for same person?

I do not think the term née should ever be used twice in the manner you described in your question. For someone born to a Brown family, who later married a Green, then a Smith, then a Jones, I would ...
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