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    The wife of a y-line second cousin 4x removed was a Götzenleuchter (the name appears in English language records as Goetzenleuchter). Her parents were immigrants from Bavaria.
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    Not so much remarkable but a surname did cause trouble in researching family tree. My 2x great-grandfather came to the US with his brother; family history says they initially were working for the same company and he got tired of being mistaken for his brother. He decided to change Tjernlund to Chandler while his brother kept the original surname. He didn't do a legal name change either, so the tree diagram looks a little odd...

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    Chowdhury, my mother's maiden name, is a common title given to zamindars (landowners) in South Asia. My mother's family has the unique distinction of being actual former zamindars in Bengal.

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    My possible great-great grandfather, Israel Smith, was a Romanichal. While Smith is very common amongst non-Romani, the Romani Smiths almost all once bore the name Petulengro. I think you can guess what it means. Upon finding a permanent country to settle in, they often translated it into the local language; for instance Schmidt, Kovacs, Demerci etc.

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    Glasbit, it means "piece of glass" in Swedish. This was a surname assigned to one of my ancestors when he joined the army, soon after joining he applied to have it changed, thereafter he took the surname Skog which means "forest". One of his sons also became a soldier and was assigned the name Blixt meaning "lightning/thunderbolt". These latter two surnames aren't particularly unusual though.

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    Benus, from a shtetl in Nikolaev. And it's sometimes spelled Benis.
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    Just added a Wizzelpenning to my tree. That might be my favorite one yet.

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    One of my ancestors was Nathaniel Stinchcombe
    b. 1637 Hawkesbury, Gloucestershire, England
    d. 1673 Maryland: https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Stinchcomb-20.
    Hawkesbury is 9 miles from the village of Stinchcombe.
    According to J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter descends from the twelfth-century wizard Linfred of Stinchcombe https://www.wizardingworld.com/writi...-potter-family.

    But what does she know?
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    Quote Originally Posted by pmokeefe View Post
    One of my ancestors was Nathaniel Stinchcombe
    b. 1637 Hawkesbury, Gloucestershire, England
    d. 1673 Maryland: https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Stinchcomb-20.
    Hawkesbury is 9 miles from the village of Stinchcombe.
    According to J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter descends from the twelfth-century wizard Linfred of Stinchcombe https://www.wizardingworld.com/writi...-potter-family.

    But what does she know?
    My 8th great grandmother was apparently Hannah Potter (b. CT 1636- d. 1700) ... I guess I need to see where Harry fits on our tree.
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    Ancestors: Francis Cooke (M223/I2a2a) b1583; Hester Mahieu (Cooke) (J1c2 mtDNA) b.1584; Richard Warren (E-M35) b1578; Elizabeth Walker (Warren) (H1j mtDNA) b1583;
    John Mead (I2a1/P37.2) b1634; Rev. Joseph Hull (I1, L1301+ L1302-) b1595; Benjamin Harrington (M223/I2a2a-Y5729) b1618; Joshua Griffith (L21>DF13) b1593;
    John Wing (U106) b1584; Thomas Gunn (DF19) b1605; Hermann Wilhelm (DF19) b1635

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