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Old 04-11-2013, 01:40 PM
 
Location: Neptune
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LOL!

And let's not forget Long Duk Dong!


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Old 04-11-2013, 06:28 PM
 
Location: Not where you ever lived
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Tar'je and Jacque P'nay have been around for years. Bu, Gay, Pigg, Hogg, and some of the others were first generation Colony settlers who came beginning in the 1600s. They came from Western Europe: England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, France, Nederland, Luxembourg. the Low countries, and Germany, but not Russians. They came by boat to east coast, and the came through Canada and then into the United States.

More than a few were forced to trade a family naming history for a surname because it was demanded by the King, and thence over the years the names lost their uniqueness and began to be known by the Englsh version of their name.

Thus Dirckson became Longstreet, Laenen became Van Pelt, Laan became Lane. Lambert became Smith, Jansz became Jansson, and Janse became Conover after 200 years.

The forced end of the patronymic naming system is why it is difficult to trace family genealogy much before 1700. If we can find 4 or 5 generations we are doing good research. Even the best rearch cannot turn a sows ear into silk purse IF no family history, no family bible, no family church records, no family land Deeds or Wills exist.
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Old 04-11-2013, 07:09 PM
 
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I would not change my name unless it was truly terrible. Hitler level only.

Hogg, Head, Roach, I'd keep 'em. My name has been carried by generations and I'm not going to toss that away.

I'm still smarting at taking my husband's name. I'm American by birth, English by descent, and now I'm walking around with a Polish name. It isn't me.
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Old 04-11-2013, 11:33 PM
 
Location: Portlandia "burbs"
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I grew up knowing people surnamed Raper, Slaughter, Pigg, Flucky, and it didn't appear to bother them. In fact, some of the Piggs are notoriously popular pit-masters (bbq). LOL!!!

Of all of them, I think Hitler would be the one I'd consider changing.
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Old 04-12-2013, 06:21 AM
 
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A lot of Asian surnames are bound to elicit snickers in Western circles:

Take****a (Japanese for "under the bamboo") (the censored word rhymes with "mitt")
Dong (Chinese)
Hung (Chinese)
Long (Chinese first name, it sounds okay until paired with Dong)
Mi-Suk (Korean first name)

I'm not a fan of Roach, Hogg, Hicks, Pigg, Pigford, or names associated with controversial politicians like Helms, Hussein, Castro, etc.

I'm a male, so I wouldn't be changing my name. But if my last name was unusually difficult to spell, I'd consider doing it.

Last edited by mazerunner; 04-12-2013 at 06:23 AM.. Reason: The Japanese surname I posted got censored; no malice was intended!
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Old 04-12-2013, 11:45 PM
 
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I would!

But I am a man that has actually had a full legal name change. I didn't like my first, middle, or last name that my parents gave me and they were very normal American names! I changed all three when I was 23 years old. I have no regrets.
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Old 04-12-2013, 11:47 PM
 
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A lot of Asian surnames are bound to elicit snickers in Western circles:

Take****a (Japanese for "under the bamboo") (the censored word rhymes with "mitt")
Dong (Chinese)
Hung (Chinese)
Long (Chinese first name, it sounds okay until paired with Dong)
Mi-Suk (Korean first name)

I'm not a fan of Roach, Hogg, Hicks, Pigg, Pigford, or names associated with controversial politicians like Helms, Hussein, Castro, etc.

I'm a male, so I wouldn't be changing my name. But if my last name was unusually difficult to spell, I'd consider doing it.
My ex boyfriend has this name (I think I am the only one on this side of the ocean that knows) and I still tease him about it to the day. Ding Dong!!! lol.
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Old 04-12-2013, 11:49 PM
 
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A lot of people are saying they would change their last name if it was Hitler. I wonder how much time will have to pass for the negative connotations connected with that name to diminish. I don't see people with the last name Jackson rushing to change it because Andrew Jackson wiped out most of America's Natives.
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Old 04-13-2013, 12:06 AM
 
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My high school nurse was named Fonda Jones. She married during the summer and came back to school with the name Fonda R a p e. I SO wish I was kidding.

My husband went to school with a kid named Harry. Not Harold, not Harrison.... Harry. Harry Wolfe.
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Old 04-13-2013, 12:34 AM
 
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Reminds me of a wealthy family from Galveston, tehir last name was Hogg. Bad enough, but he named his daughter IMA and Youra I don't think either daughter got married, but they inherited Daddy's wealth
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