Category Archives: Surname Saturday

Surname Saturday – Evans

Origin of Name Sometimes you just don’t know what you don’t know. If I were to guess, I would have guessed that “Evans” was a patronymic name.  That is to say, it was derived from a personal name such as … Continue reading

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Collins – Surname Saturday

I don’t really know much about my Collins ancestors, but they are among my earliest ancestors, 8th 9th and 10th great grandparents. They were part of the “Great Migration” of the early 1600s arriving in Massachusetts then locating to Connecticut. … Continue reading

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Surname Saturday – Cochran

Montran, Barber, Blackhurst, Cochran Line By Don Taylor Sometimes it is necessary to just put the brakes on.  So, is the case with Surname Saturday for Cochran. My fourth great-grandmother, Lydia Ellen Cochran, supposedly, is the wife of Stephen Blackhurst … Continue reading

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Surname Saturday – Chamberlin

  The Chamberlin surname derives from an official title, “the chamberlain,” literally one who takes care of a chamber. The chamberlain often had charge of his lord’s receipts and payments.[i] Chamberlin is an English variant of Chamberlain. My one known ancestor … Continue reading

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Last Hopfe on Earth?

I was recently asked, “Are there any people left on Earth with the surname Hopfe?” As far as the asker knew, her Hopfe line had daughtered out with her. Certainly, surnames go extinct. I’ve read how Hugh Bonneville’s (famous for … Continue reading

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Buel – Surname Saturday

Brown Line Name Origin According to Ancestry.Com, Buel is a variation of Buell. Then they indicate that Buell is, for Welsh, a variant for Bowell and for Dutch, it is an occupation name for a hangman. It continues that Bowell is … Continue reading

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Buck – Surname Saturday

Name Origin Buck was a nickname used to describe someone resembling a he-goat (Old English Bucc(a)) or a male deer (Old English Bucc). Sometimes, it was a topographic name for someone living near a beech tree (Middle English boc).[i] There … Continue reading

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Surname Saturday – Brown

 Meaning – Brown Name Meaning English, Scottish, and Irish: Generally a nickname referring to the color of the hair or complexion, Middle English br(o)un, from Old English brun or Old French brun. As an American family name, it has absorbed … Continue reading

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Blackhurst a rare name in my family tree.

Surname Saturday – Blackhurst by Don Taylor Name Origin Blackhurst is a surname based upon habitation, that is to say it is based upon where a person lived or came from. In this case “Blackhurst” derived from Old English blæc … Continue reading

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Barnett Surname

Surname Saturday Brown/Manning/Barnett I only have one known direct Barnett ancestor, my 5th great grandmother, Catherine Barnett (Ancestor #209) on the Brown line. However, I have some 35 other known Barnetts identified in my family tree. Several Barnetts married into … Continue reading

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