A-Z Challenge 2021 – All about Surnames – C is for Considerations for Surname Research.

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This is my third instalment of the A-Z Challenge 2021. You can visit other participants HERE.  You can follow along my posts HERE.

There are a great many consideration relevant to surname research when you first begin looking at the wider picture of surnames or looking specifically at a particular surname. 

Copyright – Julie Goucher 2021

The image above is from my presentation Pursuing Surnames. It does look quite faint, but beneath the image I list  the various elements. We talk about some of these in the new Pharos Course, Researching Ancestors in Continental Europe (750). You can download a clearer image HERE. The relevance to your surname will vary depending on the origins of the surname.

  • Foundlings and illegitimacy 
  • Naming conventions  – Given name and surnames (Iberian Countries)
  • Religion practiced
  • History of the Country
  • Language
  • Alphabet
  • Dialects
  • DNA
  • Geography
  • Borders
  • Connections to other European Countries and European Empires

Individuals might take name of another family member, a step father or an alias. Or there might be influences of other factors, such as a Detto in the case of Italian surnames. The alphabet is also potentially different. In Italy, there are fewer letter and the letters of I and J are interchangeable, but how interchangeable?  Below is the surname distribution maps for both SAIA and SAJA surnames, created with Gens.info – You can see the most common surname of the two, why is that?

About Julie Goucher

Genealogist, Author, Presenter, native Guildfordian, avid note taker and journal writer. Lover of Books, Stationery & History; Surnames, Butcher & Orlando One-Name Studies. Pharos Tutor for all One-Name Studies/surname courses as well as Researching Ancestors from Continental Europe.
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