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What does your Surname literally mean?

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by Elta, May 3, 2009.

  1. CaptainF

    CaptainF The Professional Poster

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    According to ancestry.com, there are 2 possibilities.

    1. (German) A person who lived "on the Ach" (river). The -er suffix in the name denotes an inhabitant.

    2. (Swiss German) Topographic name denoting someone who lived "by the field".

    I think the latter is most probable because my ancestry is mostly Swiss.
     
  2. Winner

    Winner Diverse in Unity

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    It used to be a term for a lesser nobleman in medieval Bohemia.
     
  3. Japanrocks12

    Japanrocks12 tired of being a man

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    it refers to my inevitably perfect Brahmin pedigree.
     
  4. holy king

    holy king Deity

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    too unique to tell you.
     
  5. Echse

    Echse Warlord

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    When I was visited the US for the first time the major of New York City had the same surname as mine. Translated from german to english it means cook.
     
  6. Truronian

    Truronian Quite unfamiliar Retired Moderator

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    Still, it's pretty cool nearly being a direct male line descendant of Cornish royalty. I could be King Arthur's heir!
     
  7. Ziggy Stardust

    Ziggy Stardust New Englander

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    Surname: Bee keeper
    Complete name: Cheerful Bee Keeper.

    :shifty:
     
  8. Truronian

    Truronian Quite unfamiliar Retired Moderator

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    If I had taken my stepfather's surname when my mother got remarried my full name would mean "Mountain Mountain".
     
  9. fugazi

    fugazi King

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    Vrolijke Bijenhouder? :lol: :crazyeye:
     
  10. scherbchen

    scherbchen well that can´t be good

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    nevermind me. was drunk and trying to be funny. really nice name ;)
     
  11. Ziggy Stardust

    Ziggy Stardust New Englander

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    Nein :p

    But I'm not going to tell you what it is. Surname also not "imker" by the way. ;)

    And first name's "meaning" was from some spiritual floaty misty book. The actual literally meaning would give it away too easily. It has to do with worshipping wine.
     
  12. salty mud

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    Son of David. Apparantly my name isn't Welsh, contrary to what I've been told by my family. :huh:
     
  13. mitsho

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    My last name simply mean John.

    to look up the other names in my family would take me too long ;-)
     
  14. StarWorms

    StarWorms Deity

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    Meadow lands surrounded by water.
     
  15. Zulu Impi

    Zulu Impi Warlord

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    My name means Castle
     
  16. Synsensa

    Synsensa Deity Retired Moderator

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    Apparently it means 'Bright Land'.
     
  17. eastsidebagel

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    Yeah, that sounds as though it could be correct, even though I'm not completely sure about it.
    "Stauffer" is a fairly common name in Germany as well.
     
  18. BSmith1068

    BSmith1068 Deity Retired Moderator

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    Indeed. :lol:
     
  19. Masada

    Masada Koi-san!

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    Not all names in Wales are Welsh. There do be Scottish names in some areas, Anglo-Welsh names as well, Irish names in places and further general weirdness. So its possible that your name came from Wales but paradoxically isn't Welsh. I know for instance that Scottish names can acquire some odd spellings when they are Welshified(?) or Welshed(?). Manx names are nice on the ear as well ;)
     
  20. Stolen Rutters

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    Smith. It is related to smite, or to strike. A person who hammers metal into shape. It's only :sad: if you are lazy, you don't like real work, or if you don't share values of craftpersons who make actual, real things.

    edit -
    Worshiping wine <--- Bacchus ? ;)
     

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