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Old 11-19-2004, 12:19 PM   #1
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Help me with a little research?

I'm writing a (really short) paper on last names, where they come from, and what that says about that area's values.

For example, if one country has all last names that mean "son of", there would be an emphasis on lineage, versus another country where they're all an occupation, like "Potter" or "Smith."

My hope here is to get data from people from places other than Indiana

So, what I need from you is...
1. Last name
2. What it means
3. Where it's from, or where your earliest ancestor with this name came from. Country is fine, but if you happen to know what part of the country that would be great.

If you don't know what it means or where it's from feel free to share anyway, maybe I or someone else knows.

If you're not comfortable with posting this information, you can email it to me at klericks@purdue.edu.


to all of you that help me out!
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Old 11-19-2004, 12:23 PM   #2
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1. Smith
2. What it means: An occupation, blacksmith. I stole this from a website because that's all I knew: Derived from the Anglo-Saxon "smitan," to smite or strike, SMITH and its derivations are an occupational name for a man who works with metal (smith or blacksmith), one of the earliest jobs for which specialist skills were required. It is a craft that was practiced in all countries, making the surname and its derivations the most common of all surnames.
3. Belfast, Northern Ireland. (My Great Grandfather)
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Old 11-19-2004, 12:43 PM   #3
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This might be a helpful website if you don't know what your last name means: http://surnames.behindthename.com/


1. Erichsen
2. (I suppose I don't really need to tell you this, do I? ) means Son of Eric (color me surprised!)
Etymology of Eric: From the Old Norse name Eiríkr, derived from ei "ever" and ríkr "ruler". Danish invaders first brought the name to England. A famous bearer was Eiríkr inn Rauda (Eric the Red in English), a 10th-century navigator and explorer who discovered Greenland. This was also the name of kings of Denmark, Sweden and Norway.
3. This spelling is Danish - my patrilineal ancestors were from Tønder, Denmark, which is like 5 miles north of the German border.
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Re: Help me with a little research?

1. Koth
2. Cat
3. It's a Polish surname ... in Poland it was spelled, Kot, but the "h" was added when my family came to the States.
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OK, here's my info:

1. Hefner
2. "maker of earthenware"
3. Germany, I wish I knew which part
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OK, here's my info:

1. Hefner
2. "maker of earthenware"
3. Germany, I wish I knew which part
Are you related to Hugh?
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1. Carlson

2. Carl is a variation of Charles , a French, Welsh and English surname, from the Germanic given name Carl = man. Carlson is a patronymic version denoting the "son of Carl." Karl , the German cognate form, was not in use as a given name during the Middle Ages, and is rare or unknown as a German surname since it was restricted to nobility. English variations of Charles are Karl, Karle, Carle, Carl . French forms are Charle, Charlon, Carle, Chasles, Chasle . Cognate forms are Carlo, Caroli, Carlesi, Carlisi, Carlesso (Italian); Carlos (Spain); Carles (Catalan); Kerl, Kehrl, Keerl (Low German); Karl (Jewish Ashkenazic); Karel, Kares (Czech); Karoly, Karolyi (Hungarian). Patronymic forms include Charleston (t-added); McCarlish (Scottish); De Carlo, De Carli, Di Carlo, De Carolis (Italian); Carlens (Flemish/Dutch); Karlsen, Carlsen (Norwegian); Karlsson, Carlsson (Swedish); Karlowicz, Karolak, Karolczak (Polish).

3. I come from the Swedish version of this name


O/T. My Grandfather's name was Charles Carl Carlson so according to the geneology site I got this info from, his full name means: Charles Charles Son of Charles
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my surname is too unique to appear on that site.
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Are you related to Hugh?
No. I don't know how many times I've been asked that!
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1. Harrison
2. From son of Harry
3. From Scotland/England
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1.....Burns
2.I don't know....(not even the website can tell me )
3.From Scotland I think
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1. McCann

2. Scottish Patronymic name for the 'son of Annadh' whose name means 'storm.'

3. As far as I know, it was either my grandfather or great-grandfather from my father's side that had the earliest name. And apparently they were of Irish origin.
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Old 11-19-2004, 03:18 PM   #13
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1.....Burns
2.I don't know....(not even the website can tell me )
3.From Scotland I think
I got you covered. The Penguin Dictionary of Surnames (of the British Isles) says:

Burn 'stream' the word is now part only of the northern and Scots vocabulary, but was once common in the south, where it eventually meant an intermittent stream, especially one flowing only in winter. Burn(e)s, Burness an older spelling found in Cumberland, Westmorland, Scotland; 61st commonest surname in Scotland in 1958, 68th in Ireland in 1890.


This is so awesome... 'cause I like this kind of stuff.

to be fair, here's me
1. Erickson
2. Son of Eric, as Ellen already said so eloquently
3. Swedish. Used to be Ericsson, but my great-grandfather Americanized it when he came over on the boat.
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Here is my info:

KAUFMAN
1) German, Jewish
2) Means "merchant"
3) Germany
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Here is my info:

KAUFMAN
1) German, Jewish
2) Means "merchant"
3) Germany
that makes sense, because in german, "kaufen" means "to buy".

cool connection!
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