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Ancestor Hate Mail

Dear Richter family of Bentfeld near Paderborn,

Why on Earth did you name almost all your daughters Anna Marie? I get that every child was assigned a religious first name such as Anna or sometimes Anna Marie, but why couldn’t you give your children a more inventive or unique second or third name? 176 more words

Family Lines

Pte Thomas Richard Cripps

The Battle of the Somme, also known as the Somme Offensive, was a battle of the First World War fought by the armies of the British and French empires against the German Empire. 846 more words


Can You Create Baby's Last Name?

If you thought choosing baby’s first name was tough, consider the can of worms choosing a surname could open up.

Of course, if you don’t want to settle on one person’s name, there’s the hyphenated option. 325 more words


Spanish Surnames That Reveal Family History

A Barbero is a barber, but a Cantero is not a cantor. Do you know what the ancestors of people named Ballestero and Verdugo did? Find out here.


Spanish Language

Pte David Charles Cripps

Today, 12 September 2014 marks the 70th anniversary of the sinking of the “Rakuyo Maru” on the 12th September 1944.  541 Australian Army Personnel lost their lives when approximately 700 Australian and 600 British POW servicemen were on board, sailing from Singapore to Japan. 1,440 more words


Yes, I Changed My Name

I don’t think my kids are thrilled about it, but I also don’t think they care. Four of the five are adults and three of the five will likely face their own surname change considerations in the future as they marry. 250 more words

Life Commentary

Origins of Names

Origins of Names

Many of us know that family names came about from various origins related to the world our ancestors lived in at that time – centuries ago. 511 more words