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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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A-Z Challenge 2021 – All about Surnames – P is for Publishing, Publicising, and Preserving One-Name and Surname Research

Today we look at three of the seven elements of one-name studies that feature on the 7 steps image here – there is a great deal of overlap between the three elements and these are easily achieved when considered together. … Continue reading

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A-Z Challenge 2021 – All about Surnames – O is for Origins of Surnames

The Introduction to One-Name Studies course goes some way to explore the origins of surnames. Members of the Guild often explore the origins in relation to a specific surname, though that is not necessarily the only way to embark on … Continue reading

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A-Z Challenge 2021 – All about Surnames – M is for Methodology of a One-Name Study & Surname Research

The Seven Pillars of a One-Name Study is a book that published by the Guild of One-Name Studies in 2012.  The book provides guidance of how to proceed with a study. Given the book is a decade old, it is … Continue reading

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A-Z Challenge 2021 – All about Surnames – K is for Knowledge

Genealogy is all about facts. They underpin the very essence of what we do  as genealogists and family historians. We follow the route as we aim to prove each hunch we have, to provide substance for the facts we identify. … Continue reading

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