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English: Understanding Names in Genealogy
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Genealogical research is largely based on names—but what is the origin of names—surnames, first names and place names. A knowledge of their derivation and how they are connected affords an increased understanding of the genealogical research process. You will constantly be reminded of the inter-relationship of the names of places and people. You will also find references to the inter-connected naming of many things—as diverse as buildings, festivals and special days—all of which have some bearing on the search for a family''s history.

COURSE CONTENT
WEEK 1

Introduction

  • Interrelationships of Naming Practices
  • Spelling
  • Introduction to Orthography
  • Normal Spelling Variation
  • Types of Variations
  • Change Over Time
  • Phonetics & Spelling
  • Abbreviation of Compound Surnames
  • Misreading Poor Writing
  • Mishearing by the Clerk
  • Strategy for Research
  • Spelling Groupings on Indexes
  • International Genealogical Index
  • Old Parochial Registers (OPR) of Scotland
  • Foreign Alphabets
  • 1880-1881 Census Indexes
  • Spelling & Pronunciation in Documents

    WEEK 2

    Surnames
  • What Is a Surname?
  • Derivation of Surnames
  • Location Names
  • Topographical Surnames
  • Habitational Surnames
  • Regional & Ethnic Surnames
  • Foundlings with Location Names
  • Occupational Names
  • Trade Surnames
  • Rank or Status Surnames
  • Nicknames

    Patronymics
  • English Patronymics
  • Patronymics from Pet Names & Diminutives
  • Scottish Patronymics
  • Irish Patronymics
  • Welsh Patronymics
  • Scandinavian Patronymics
  • Patronymic Affixes
  • Researching with Patronymics
  • Indexing Patronymic Names
  • Danish IGI
  • Welsh IGI
  • Parish Register Technique for Patronymics

    WEEK 3

    Polygenetic Surnames
  • Teague
  • Horn, Horner
  • Extra Differentiating Surnames
  • English By-Names
  • Scottish ''Tee Names'' or ''Teetles''
  • Canadian ''Styling''
  • Welsh By-Names
  • Aliases
  • Surname Changes
  • Change by Choice
  • Legal Means of Changing a Name
  • Retention of Maiden Surname
  • To Escape A Previous Life or Evade the Law
  • To Avoid Persecution During Conflicts
  • To Gain an Inheritance or Title
  • Stage Names & Noms-de-Plume
  • Unique Circumstances
  • Change by Circumstance
  • Adoption
  • Women''s Surname Change at Marriage
  • Immigration
  • Illegitimacy & Later Marriage of Parents
  • Common-law Marriages
  • Apprentices
  • Differentiation of People & Families
  • Swedish Army Names
  • Replacing Common Surnames
  • Errors in Records
  • Homes of British Surnames
  • English Surnames
  • Scots Surnames
  • Scottish Location (Territorial) Surnames
  • Scottish Patronymics
  • Scottish Occupational Surnames
  • Scottish Nicknames
  • Welsh Surnames
  • Why Are There So Few Welsh Surnames?
  • Irish Surnames
  • Cornish Surnames
  • Manx Surnames
  • Jewish Surnames
  • Gypsy Surnames
  • Working With Surnames
  • Which is the surname?
  • Did Your Name Come with the Conqueror?
  • The Evidence
  • The Men
  • The Families Descending from Them
  • Other Surnames from France
  • Descent from Earlier Anglo-Saxons & Celts
  • Pedigree Bibliographies
  • Surname Dictionaries
  • Surnames in Latin or Abbreviated?
  • One-Name Studies
  • Surname Frequency
  • Geographical Distribution
  • A Study in Welsh Surname Distribution
  • The Surname—Father Link
  • No Surname

    WEEK 4

    Given Names
  • Basic Indo-European Naming System
  • Sources of Given Names
  • Origin of Our Set of Given Names
  • Meaning of Names
  • Religious Names
  • Old Testament
  • New Testament
  • Another Testament
  • Saints Names
  • Religious Leaders
  • Royal & Aristocratic Names
  • Traditional Celtic Names
  • Influence of Modern Culture
  • Literature
  • Film & TV
  • Music
  • Use of Surnames as Given Names
  • Other Sources of Given Names
  • Precious Stones & Flowers
  • Virtues
  • Slogan Names
  • Place Names
  • Diminutives
  • Feminized Versions
  • Latin Versions of Given Names
  • Battles, Heroes & Royal Events
  • Incidents at Birth
  • Rank & Status Given Names
  • Gypsy Given Names
  • Black Given Names
  • Reasons for Choice of Names
  • Fashion & Respectability
  • Social Class Association
  • Euphony
  • Initials
  • Surname Influences
  • Originality
  • Associated Characteristics
  • Nationality
  • Scottish Given Names
  • Irish Given Names
  • Welsh Given Names
  • German Given Names
  • Nickname Considerations
  • Sibling Influence
  • Family Tradition
  • Gender Non-specific Names
  • Middle Names
  • Mistaken Names
  • Foundlings
  • Change of Given Name
  • Non-Names
  • Given Name Indexes

    WEEK 5

    Place Names
  • Jurisdictional Names in Genealogy
  • Names Ancient & Modern
  • Civil & Ecclesiastical Jurisdictions
  • Hierarchy of Jurisdictions
  • Gazetteers & Maps
  • They Were Born Where?
  • Etymology of Place Names
  • Sources of Place Names
  • Landmarks
  • Prehistoric Features
  • Boundaries & Meeting Places
  • Watery Places
  • Animals in Place Names
  • Plants in Place Names
  • People in Place Names
  • Personal Names
  • Occupations in Place Names
  • The Languages Used in Place Names
  • Old British Place Names
  • Roman Place-Names
  • Latin Words in English Place Names
  • Germanic/Anglo-Saxon Place Names
  • Scandinavian Place Names
  • Norman French Place Names
  • Comparison of Introduced Names
  • A Gallimaufry of Place Names
  • Field Names
  • Street Names
  • How Streets Are Named
  • Street Names Abolished & Altered
  • No Roads in the City of London!
  • Inn Names
  • Oddly Named Places

    WEEK 6

    A Miscellany of Names
  • Cockney Rhyming Slang
  • Eponyms
  • Things Names After People
  • Things Names after Places
  • Relationships & Forms of Address
  • Names for Days
  • Saints'' Days
  • Strays
  • ''Suitable'' Occupations

    Appendix 1
  • English Hundreds, Liberties, Wapentakes & Wards

    Appendix 2

    Appendix 3
  • Topographical Glossary

    Further Reading

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