A is for: A Genealogy Study

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Recently, I’ve seen a couple posts about surnames in family trees, and I find surnames fascinating. Here are a few that pop up in my family tree.

Without further ado…

Alliene / Aliene: This surname is English: variant of Allen.

Alvis: This is believed to be a surname of 5th century Germanic and Anglo-Saxon origins. It is believed to originate from the compound ‘all-wer’ meaning ‘The true people’ or similar.

Allyn: This surname is English: variant of Allen, established in New England in the 17th century.

Anderson: This surname is of English and Scottish origin, and is a patronymic of the surname Andrew, which is derived from the personal name from the Greek “Andreas”, a derivative of “andreios”, manly, from “aner”, man, male.

Arnett: This interesting surname, with variant spellings Arnet, Arnot, Arnott and Arnatt, is either a Scottish locational name from Arnot in the parish of Portmoak in Kinross-shire, deriving from the Gaelic “ornacht” meaning “barley”, or from the Old French personal names “Arnaut, Ernaut, Hernaut”, coming from the Old Germanic given names “Arnald, Arnold, Arnolt”, meaning “eagle-power”. The surname dates back to the late 13th Century.

Aspinwall: This interesting surname is of Anglo-Saxon origin, and is a locational name from Aspinwall, a minor place in the parish of Ormskirk, Lancashire, so called from the Olde English pre 7th Century “aespen”, aspen, trembling poplar, with “waell(a)”, spring or stream.  In the modern idiom, the surname has many variant spellings including: Aspinal, Aspinall, Aspinell, Aspinwall and Haspineall. A Coat of Arms granted to the family is a gold shield, a chevron between three black griffins’ heads erased. A black demi griffin erased, beaked, legged, and collared gold is on the Crest. The Motto, “Aegis fortissima virtus”, translates as, “Virtue is the strongest shield”.

One of my favorite ancestor’s names was ‘Mehitable Aspinwall’. It’s such a melodious mouthful. Sadly, a lot of these names are dying or have ceased to exist today. Certainly not Anderson, but I found very little as far as ‘Allyn’ or ‘Alliene’ goes.

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I got this idea from Princes, Paupers, Pilgrims & Pioneers: Our Predecessors & Me and Andrew’s Kindred. All the images in this post are from Pexels.com, and the surname information was found various places online.

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