Author Archives: Julie Goucher

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.

Non-British Surnames – Finnish Surnames

Those coming from the west of Finland typically have Swedish-Finnish surnames, with those coming from the east of the country have origins inline with Latvian or Estonian descent. Finland gained independence from Russia in 1917 and it was in 1921 … Continue reading

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Non-British Surnames – Ecuadorian Surnames

Following the arrival of the Spanish, the culture of Ecuador consolidated and moved towards Roman Catholic conversion. Somewhere between 40-50% of the population is identified at MESTIZC, which is a blend of Indigenous and Spanish genes. The official language is … Continue reading

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Non-British Surnames – Dutch Surnames

The use of surnames in the Netherlands occurs in what I describe in three distinctive ‘waves’ Pre 1800 a name was used by some men which related to their place of origin or occupation, especially if this occupation had run … Continue reading

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Non-British Surnames – Croatian Surnames

The history of the people of Croatia is complex and that follows through to the naming structure. There is also some commonality with surnames in other countries, and in particular with the countries that once made up the former Yugoslavia. … Continue reading

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Non-British Surnames – Belgian Surnames

Belgium is a country of 10 million people which use approximately 190,000 surnames, of which the most common is Peeters. Typical surnames in Belgium have various linguistic origins, from French Dutch/Flemish German Surnames fall into the following categories: Patronymic names … Continue reading

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Non-British Surnames – Azerbaijani Surnames

The Azerbaijan language is included in the Turkic group of languages, which also includes, amongst others Turkish, Tatar, Kazakh, Bashkir and Uigur. In addition, the Arabic, Persian and Islamic cultures had influence on the Azerbaijani people. There are three components … Continue reading

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European Ancestors – Understanding France (6) Burials

This post is part of a series about genealogy in France. You can read the complete series HERE. Before 1792, there was no death registration in France. The closest record available was burial records, these were written by priests and … Continue reading

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European Ancestors – Understanding France (5) Deaths

This post is part of a series about genealogy in France. You can read the complete series HERE. After 1792, deaths were required to be registered by civil officials. Information was believed to be more precise than previous, and generally … Continue reading

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Q & A – Reconstructing Families Using a Mac

I recently received an email from someone at the beginning of their One-Name or Surname Study. The email contained several questions, which I am going to split into four posts. This is post three. Click to read Post One, Post … Continue reading

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European Ancestors – Understanding France (10) Geographical Name Changes

This post is part of a series about genealogy in France. You can read the complete series HERE. During the years of the Revolution many towns changed their names, the aim was to remove signs of royalty, nobility and religion, … Continue reading

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