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    Most remarkable surname(s) in your family tree

    Mine would be Sukkel, which is Dutch for dork (excuse my French)

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    I descend from a Mammezuiger ("breast sucker") which is the strangest name as far as I can see in my tree, interestingly through a line of 7 women and 1 man. They went extinct in the 18th century.

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    Mine is probably the one I share with lots of Americans with colonial New England ancestry: Coffin.

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    Mingelgrin? Or my direct paternal great-great-grandfather's original surname, which is only attested in our shtetl of origin: Bergerbest.
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    Not necessarily a remarkable name by any stretch, I have some ancestors from Winschoten who have the surname "Omda" and I've not been able to find much information on the origins of the surname.

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    My great-grandmother was born a Hancock, she appears to be descended from Hancocks who lived in Virginia in the 1600's. The name was spelled "Handcocke" back then.
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    Jefcock.

    It appears to have died out now but the variant Jeffcock has a few bearers.

    Popplewell's also mildly amusing too.
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    Nothing too strange for me, but the oddest looking ones IMO (though maybe normal for Dutch people) are some of my new Netherland Dutch surnames, like van Couwenhoven and van Buntchooten (Bunschoten).

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    Oh yeah, and I used to think that Zonana, one of the Sephardic surnames in my family, was a pretty wild sounding name, but I guess I'm used to researching it by now, so it seems normal to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by passenger View Post
    Nothing too strange for me, but the oddest looking ones IMO (though maybe normal for Dutch people) are some of my new Netherland Dutch surnames, like van Couwenhoven and van Buntchooten (Bunschoten).
    I always love these.

    Strangely, I have a late 18th century ancestor from the eastern border of Silesia who had the amusing Dutch-attested surname Buxhorn—but the expert I consult with assures me that it's just a common Germanic vocabulary thing.
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