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25th March 1616.

There were once the non-hereditary by-names or nicknames: Sweyn Forkbeard, Rolf Bluetooth, William Longsword.

Then Edward I introduced surnames to give some variety to Princes of the Blood, designated by place of birth: Harry of Avonmouth, John of Gaunt, Thomas of Woodstock.  435 more words

March

Stuck for a name for your characters. Look no further than your own family tree.

One of the problems with writing short stories and also novels with a cast of thousands is trying to find original last names for your characters. 1,235 more words

Self Publishing

History of Conroy

Top o’ the mornin’ to ya! St. Patrick’s Day is a bit of a special holiday in my family. Note my last name — Conroy. My whole name, actually, is very Irish, Kate coming from Katherine, and Patricia even being the female version of Patrick. 259 more words

Thoughts

Friday's Faces: Samuel P. and Louisa Long Minor

My great-grandfather, Robert Minor (1869-1943), was brought up on the family farm just outside the village of Garards Fort, Pennsylvania.  Just down the red-dog Ceylon Lane stood the sturdy brick home of his… 167 more words

Surnames

Personal names in the catalogue

If you are a regular user of our libraries, you may have noticed that the writer’s name will usually be listed surname first in the catalogue. 317 more words

Books

Women are the Keepers of the Family Story

Family History = Oral History x (Her + Story)

Women are the Keepers of the Family Story

Have you ever noticed that most people today are primarily seeking genealogical information regarding their father’s side of the family?  611 more words

Women's History