Category: ancestry names
I love a family name.
It doesn’t matter if the family is the ruling house of a sovereign nation or the neighbors down the street. If you would like to tell me about the great names on your tree, I’m all ears.
So when my aunt mentioned that she had inherited boxes of old family photos from her mother, my grandmother, I immediately volunteered to sort through them and upload information to a genealogy website as we worked.
Aided by wine and technology, we delved into three huge bins.
It was thrilling to discover pictures of my ancestors – great-uncles and great-grandparents as children, other photos from so far in the past that we determine exactly who was in the picture.
But the biggest thrill for me was discovering so many great names. I’d always thought that there wasn’t much excitement, name-wise, on my dad’s family tree.
I was so wrong.
The nameberry question of the week: Have you discovered any great names on your family tree?
Have you found inspiration in any previous generation’s first, middle or surnames? Have you researched your ancestry on the web in hopes of coming upon a wonderful name?
Have you already used or are you planning to use any ancestral names for your children, and if so, in first or middle place? How far back did you go? Do you feel that this will forge a meaningful connection between your child and her roots?
Did you consider using a variation–a nickname, a modernization, a different spelling?
Care to share your discoveries?