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evelyns_pet_zebra's avatar

Does your surname have any special meaning?

Asked by evelyns_pet_zebra (12868points) January 25th, 2009

Mine translates to ‘of the Pope’, and it refers to my ancestors being a type of intern at the Vatican. Sort of like a Catholic Monica Lewinsky for the Holy See, I’d guess.

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ark_a_dong's avatar

I share my last name with a famous fast-food chain restaurant, and it translates to son of Donald.

gee, can you guess what it is?

AstroChuck's avatar

Mine means “clerk” or “cleric.”

asmonet's avatar

Mine just means I’m from a certain region in Germany. Also, I have a pumpkin head and fought in the revolutionary war. Take a stab at it, it’s fairly easy.

El_Cadejo's avatar

Nope, mine got butchered when my great great grand father came over from italy. On Ellis island when he signed the book with his name, his handwritting was so bad (much like mine lol) that they couldnt read the name and changed a bunch of letters.

ark_a_dong's avatar

@uberbatman
hey, at least it has interesting history

amanderveen's avatar

My married surname means “of the peatbog”. Sexy, don’t you think? lol

El_Cadejo's avatar

@ark_a_dong oh i agree, i love it. Plus i have a great story/excuse when people bitch about my crappy handwriting lol

asmonet's avatar

@uberbatman: It’s tradition! :P

Jack79's avatar

mine originally meant “the holy father christmas” and I like giving presents

though my father changed it years ago to mean that he was simply the son of my grandfather. So now I am also the son of my grandfather.

galileogirl's avatar

I have gne back between 200–400 years on different lines but the ones closest to me are

We have a couple of English place names

Another is German for gossip or slanderer

Then there are Swedish names meanig tree by the lake and soldier, a Scottish name meaning estate administrater, French for the Englishman, Irish for peaceful and from Wales.

c_gunningham's avatar

Mine is Battle Friend.

tennesseejac's avatar

mine is Irish derived from Ó Cathasaigh meaning “descendent of Cathasaigh”.

The name Cathasaigh means “vigilant” in Gaelic

Staalesen's avatar

Mine means son of steel, wich sound like something out of a Manowar album..

richardhenry's avatar

“Henry” means ‘home rule’. I’m a powerful leader, apparently.

jfrederick's avatar

my dad says my maiden name is an arabic word meaning “predestined.” i am not arabic or middle-eastern.

SuperMouse's avatar

According to one of my brothers my maiden name translates to “dunder head.” Anyone who knows my family will not have trouble believing this.

steelmarket's avatar

Mine traces back to a medieval king of England and the lands that he owned. It can be translated in a way that indicates the first of us had fair hair. Some of that Norse blood that got injected into that fair isle, I suppose.

laureth's avatar

My married name translates as “taker of hostages” or possibly “slavedriver.” Ick.

fireside's avatar

Mine translates to “light” or “fire”

Likeradar's avatar

Mine doesn’t mean anything. Some of my relatives have my last name with a ”-sky” suffix. My grandfather worked at a prison, and was threatened by a prisoner. He decided to alter this family’s last name so they would be harder for bad guys to find. That’s as legend has it, at least. )

sdeutsch's avatar

Mine means “German” in German, but that whole side of my family is actually Hungarian or Russian – no one’s really sure how we ended up with this name. My theory is that one German guy moved to Hungary long long ago, and they decided to call him Deutsch – but my dad’s family wasn’t so good about passing on the family history, so I guess we’ll never know for sure…

90s_kid's avatar

My name is all alcohol. Sad story. First name (Alexander) is a hard cocktail :S. OK, the real meaning is “defender” or something. There, mods, I am defensive-it’s on my gene!
@asmonet Pumpkin head?
@Likeradar
Isn’t ”-sky” Polish?

asmonet's avatar

Can you think of any figure in literature, movies anything with a pumpkin head? There’s your answer.

AstroChuck's avatar

Crane? Oz?

Jack79's avatar

“Alexander” is the one that keeps men away

an effect that can be easily achieved by simply not washing :P

90s_kid's avatar

You are terrible. Jack is short for jackass.

mods, he started it!

@asmonet
benedict arnold? :S

Jack79's avatar

lol
no, it truly does mean that: “alex” means “against” and “andras” is “man”. Which is weird, since Alexander the Great actually led men, and didn’t just fight against them. But I guess a loose translation could be “defender”.

90s_kid's avatar

It’s -ander not -andras.
Well I am heterosexual so I don’t date men…

Jack79's avatar

has nothing to do with sex. Alexander was above all a great leader and tactician. And in his day homosexuality was no big deal, so even though there are various historical sources which seem to imply that he was gay, his name had nothing to do with that. It was originally “Alexandros” which comes from the word “andras” which in itself comes from “aneer”. “Alexander” is a much more recent, english translation. And it’s a great name. Though of course this whole conversation is irrelevant, since the question was about surnames.

fireside's avatar

That’s not fair, the headless horseman didn’t have a name.
Oh, but he was identified by something similar to the other clues you provided, does it start with an “H”?

asmonet's avatar

@fireside: Indeed it does, m’dear. You’re a clever one. :)

fireside's avatar

i try : )
so your name is “asmonet horseman”, cool :P

asmonet's avatar

Haha, totally. :)
I’ll send you pancakes in the mail for winning first place.

fireside's avatar

mmm, pancakes from a good woman…
I hope the mail truck is heated, cold pancakes are so much less enjoyable :p

asmonet's avatar

With hot melty butter, and a syrup of your choice.
And of course it comes in a heated truck! Like you said, I’m a good woman, I got this handled.

fireside's avatar

hot and melty sounds perfect for pancakes, maybe a few different syrups…one for each pancake

asmonet's avatar

I shall send you many flavors, like the tables at IHOP. Only better. Not shitty syrup with sticky handles.

We totally hijacked this thread.

fireside's avatar

but we’re writing small, so it’s okay, right
looking forward to your pancakes

Um, back on topic. I have a friend whose last name is Smith, it means that he is a smith.
how’s that for returning the thread to its proper course?

richardhenry's avatar

[mod says:] Please try to stay on-topic guys.

asmonet's avatar

Aw, crap!

AstroChuck's avatar

Busted, Ms. Ichabod!

fireside's avatar

Good job Richard!
I was really getting distracted by all the talk of pancakes and …oh, you were talking to us, weren’t you…
: )

90s_kid's avatar

What if Alexander was my last name? Well it isn’t but I know James Alexander—Poker Guy. Ironically enough, it’s my 1st and middle name swapped. Well, my middle name is Jacamo, but that is James in English.

AstroChuck's avatar

I thought it was spelled Giacomo.

evelyns_pet_zebra's avatar

see, without moderators some people would hijack a thread for their own selfish culinary desires and such. Much lurve to the moderators. I think I might be in love with richardhenry. And he doesn’t even have to bring me pancakes. :-)

asmonet's avatar

Aren’t we all a little bit in love with richardhenry? I mean, who wouldn’t be after those penguins.

90s_kid's avatar

@AstroChuck
Yes. And I am surprised that I haven’t pointed that out yet. But, my mom used the English Spelling of it.

Strauss's avatar

I can only trace mine back to my Grandfather, who immigrated here from Slovenia (then part of the Austro-Hungarian empire) in the 1880’s. The name was transliterated (poorly) to English, and bears little resemblance to the original. As to the meaning, it to is lost to the generations.

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