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    Quote Originally Posted by A Norfolk L-M20 View Post
    My direct ancestral surnames include:

    Aimes, Annison, Barber, Barker, Baxter, Beckett, Bennett, Blaxhall, Bligh, Bond, Bowes, Bradfield, Briggs, Britiff, Briting, Brooker, Brooks, Brown, Brucker, Coleman, Cossey, Creess, Crutchfield, Curtis, Dawes, Daynes, Dennis, Dingle, Dove, Durran, Edney, Edwards, Ellis, Frances, Freeman, Gaul, Ginby, Goffen, Goffin, Goodram, Gorll, Gregory, Gynby, Hagon, Hardiment, Harding, Hardyman, Harrington, Harris, Harrison, Hedges, Hewitt, Hill, Jacobs, Key, Larke, Lawn, Ling, Marsh, Maye, Merrison, Mitchells, Moll, Morrison, Nicholes, Nicholls, Nichols, Norton, Osborne, Page, Peach, Porter, Quantrill, Ransby, Read, Riches, Rippon, Rix, Rose, Rowland, Sales, Saunderson, Seymore, Shawers, Shepherd, Shilling, Smith, Snelling, Sniss, Springall, Symonds, Tammas, Tammas-Tovell, Thacker, Tibnum, Tovel, Tovell, Waine, Waters, Wick, Wymer, and Yallop.
    Out of all those, the only one in my tree is Harrington. However the earliest record I've seen has the first known one being born in Providence, Rhode Island in 1650, and no hint where his parents were from.


    edit: Not sure how reliable findagrave is, but they have the one born in RI as Benjamin Harrington jr (which makes figuring out his dad's name a bit easier) and this on Ben Sr.:
    Birth: 1618
    Somerset, England

    Death: Apr. 18, 1687
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    Providence County
    Rhode Island, USA

    1647: Benjamin Harrington (Hearnden) married Elizabeth White on 9 Jul 1647 in Providence, Providence County, Rhode Island.
    Last edited by Dewsloth; 12-16-2016 at 08:58 PM.
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    Y-cousin: 6DRIF-23 (DF19>>Z17112+, S17075+)

    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; Hermann Wilhelm (DF19) b1635

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    Quote Originally Posted by Power77 View Post
    If your surname is Berber, what is your specific R1b subclade then?
    The surname I bear is not from my biological father, as for what concerns my R1b subclade, it could be a Celtic one since most of my closest Y-DNA matches at FTDNA bear the surname Allen which is a Gaelic one according to Google.
    My closest oracles:
    1 CEU + Morocco_Jews + Swedish + Sahara_OCC @ 1.618438 DODECAD V3
    1 BedouinA + German_North + Scottish_West + Tunisian @ 1.355784 puntDNAL K12 Modern
    1 Algerian + BedouinA + British + Norwegian_West @ 2.072077 MDLP K23b

    A thread where I explain how the Tunisian sample used by various gedmatch calcs is not representative of Tunisians:
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    My surname Howells (Howell, Powell etc.) is said to be of Welsh origin from the forename Hywel meaning "eminent" (son of) . However I think it's more complicated than just being a Welsh Surname. It isn't that common in central Wales ( it's mostly around the borders and South Coast). It also has a relatively high frequency in parts of Eastern England.
    Some say "Hoel" originated in Brittany and was brought back to some extent by the Breton/Normans.
    My best guess is that it may have been an ancient British name which was taken to Brittany with the emigration of Britons. John

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    Mine is a location name, found pretty much all over the British Isles--comes from "New Town" Another is Bowen, from ap Owen, Welsh. Actually have several locational type names, one from Kunding, Bavaria, another is Ayers, probably Ayreshire. Have a couple traditional Norwegian names, as in "son of", but one Swedish, Tjernlund, I've never found a meaning for.

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    Tjern means lake in Old Norse, so it could have meant someone who lived by a lake - https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/tjern.

    Ayres, according to surnamedb, seems to be patrynomic - http://www.surnamedb.com/Surname/Ayres.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stephen1986 View Post
    Tjern means lake in Old Norse, so it could have meant someone who lived by a lake - https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/tjern.

    Ayres, according to surnamedb, seems to be patrynomic - http://www.surnamedb.com/Surname/Ayres.
    I looked at a map of the area where my great grandfather was born and there is a very large lake in the area, that sounds entirely possible.

    The Ayres though; In addition to the patronymic I've also seen it defined as a location derivation, and that family is supposed to be Scottish somewhere in the past.

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    My surname is Italian, however the origin is Hebrew and means "Yah has remembered". What's interesting is, my ydna originates in Sinai Egypt.

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    Mine is from a Gaelic word for a lithic prominence.

    Please allow those fine purveyors of the water of life to illustrate:

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    Mran taing, http://www.distillerytrail.com/blog/...d-infographic/

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    Origin of my surname

    The word Saikia, (Assamese: শইকীয়া Xykiya) (Ahom language - Ru-Pak) (Assamese pronunciation: [xɔʏkija]) is a derivative of the Assamese word - X, meaning 'one hundred - 100'. It was a military title given to the officials of the Ahom monarchy.The Tai Ahom language origin 'ru pak': literally "head of a hundred", used as a suffix to the name of one of the persons in King Sii'wkapha's retinue who came from Mong Mao, Yunnan to Assam. 'Ru pak' is similar 'nai roi' in the Sukhothai kingdom of Thailand, nai roi: "master over a hundred", an officer apparently just below the rank of lamphan n"

    The Ahom Kingdom of medieval Assam used the Paik system, a form of corvee labour In this system, a Paik (one soldier) was the tiniest unit of the Ahom military system. A Saikia was the commanding officer of 100 such paiks. The appointment of a Saikia was the responsibility of his Phukan (commander of 6000 paiks) or Rajkhowa (governor of a territory who could command 2000 to 3000 paiks). The paiks had the right to reject a Saikia and request another officer of their choice. Appointments were made irrespective of the paik's religion or ethnicity.

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    Stewart is a Scottish surname (also used as a masculine given name) possibly of pre-7th century Old English origin, derived from stigeweard, the genitive prefix stige meaning "hall", and the suffix weard meaning "guardian" or "warden". Alternative spellings are Stuart and Steward. The progenitor of the Stewart family was Alan fitz Flaad, a Breton knight who settled in England after the Norman Conquest. His son, Walter fitz Alan, relocated to Scotland during the Anarchy, became the High Steward of Scotland,[1] hence the origin of the surname. Stewart is the 66th-most common surname in the United Kingdom.
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