GSQ Blognaming variationsSo What’s in a name? Name variants and do they really matter?


So <i>What’s in a name</i>? Name variants and do they really matter? — 8 Comments

  1. What an interesting story Annalies. My maiden name is spelt many ways, but all derived from the same Bonshaw clan. We spell it IRVINE, but equally through the registers it has been Irvin, Irwin, Erwin, Irving etc etc.all confirmed by Y-DNA,

    • Thank you Bobbie. Wow, I’m doing an Irwin line at the moment, which was spelled Irivine in some of the records in old NSW – one was a convict we believe, Thomas Irwin, who first came out, then his brother came out about 15 years later; Cornelius Irwin. They were pioneers around the Maitland area in the 1850’s.

  2. Great post Annalies. My maiden name has been subject to spelling variations over the years – even in my own lifetime! I keep it alive in my email address.

  3. Love it Anna!. What a great article. Yes Surnames are so important…..and in Icelandic genealogy, for a different reason. The old patronymic naming system always reveals the child’s father’s name, (the son of Einar was Einarsson and his daughter was Einarsdottir) so that whoever met him/her, would know who his/her father was. Today of course this had modernised with single mothers wanting to give their name instead of the father’s name.

    • Thank you Elin ? The Icelandic and Scandinavian naming traditions as a whole fascinates me – especially because you there aren’t four lines pertaining to the grandparents as there are for us from English backgrounds. I am looking forward to your blog.

  4. Thank you for this bit of history! I’m a Scattini, I’ve been told we came to Northern California from Lago Maggiore, which lines up with the Swiss Italian story. I do know some scattina’s but have found there is no relation. Now im thinking maybe our name is not Scattini after all!!

    • Hi Claire 🙂 how interesting! Have you had your Scattini line traced in Switzerland/Northern Italy? Lago Maggiore is a beautiful lake which stretches across the border of both countries – and encompasses a rich and beautiful history. If you ancestors are indeed Ticinese, here is a fantastic website (link below) that can provide more insight into their lives. However, I highly recommend you engage the services of a northern Italian genealogist to confirm this interesting branch of your tree 🙂

      http://ticinogenealogy dot com

      Thanks for reading! Anna

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