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Old 06-23-2013, 08:31 PM
 
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Okay, so I'm looking for me mum's original surname that was most likely changed in the early to mid 19th century. And I'd like to know how would I be able to find it?
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Old 06-23-2013, 09:36 PM
 
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I suppose your maternal ancestor could have changed his/her name legally but the more likely scenario in that time period is that he/she just shortened or changed the spelling of the original name or started using the English equivalent of a foreign name e.g. Schmidt = Smith.

One way would be to find obviously the same family at the same address in two different censuses with different surnames.
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Old 06-23-2013, 09:37 PM
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Okay, so I'm looking for me mum's original surname that was most likely changed in the early to mid 19th century. And I'd like to know how would I be able to find it?
Try this site. It showed the origions of my grandfathers name and information I've only seen refered to.

http://www.surnamedb.com/
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Old 06-24-2013, 04:15 AM
 
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I suppose your maternal ancestor could have changed his/her name legally but the more likely scenario in that time period is that he/she just shortened or changed the spelling of the original name or started using the English equivalent of a foreign name e.g. Schmidt = Smith.

One way would be to find obviously the same family at the same address in two different censuses with different surnames.
I agree it's likely to just be an Anglicized/spelling change but census records are notorious for misspelling names so going by a census record may not be entirely accurate. It could be a start though. And of course censuses of whole families only go back to 1850 in the US (they also don't list address going this far back) and 1841 in the UK.

All you can do is research each generation and find any many records as possible.
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Old 06-25-2013, 12:22 AM
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Sounds like you don't know the name and are trying to discover it? Then start looking up your family's census and BMD records. You will likely find some clues.
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Old 06-25-2013, 10:30 AM
 
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Thanks for the tip, everyone! BMD, what is that? I have looked through the census as far as possible, and I believe like the others have said it most likely has been Anglicized. Me mum's surname is Lane. Her family said they were French and the surname had been changed. So now the new search is to find any possible French surname Anglicized (either by spelling or sounding) to Lane. Once again thanks!
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Old 06-25-2013, 01:56 PM
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BMD is birth, marriage and death records
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Old 06-25-2013, 02:31 PM
 
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Thanks for the tip, everyone! BMD, what is that? I have looked through the census as far as possible, and I believe like the others have said it most likely has been Anglicized. Me mum's surname is Lane. Her family said they were French and the surname had been changed. So now the new search is to find any possible French surname Anglicized (either by spelling or sounding) to Lane. Once again thanks!
I would be cautious about family lore, especially when it's more than a few generations - it can be incorrect.

This might give you some insight: Lane Name Meaning & Lane Family History at Ancestry.com

Lane Name Meaning English: topographic name for someone who lived in a lane, Middle English, Old English lane, originally a narrow way between fences or hedges, later used to denote any narrow pathway, including one between houses in a town. Irish: reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Laighin ‘descendant of Laighean’, a byname meaning ‘spear’, or ‘javelin’. Irish: reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Luain ‘descendant of Luan’, a byname meaning ‘warrior’. Irish: reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Liatháin (see Lehane). Southern French: variant of Laine. Possibly also a variant of Southern French Lande.

So while there are some possible French variants, there are also a lot of Irish origins and judging by your username and usage of a few choice words, I'm guessing you're Irish? I would explore both options.
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Old 08-30-2013, 04:48 PM
 
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Thanks everyone for the helpful advice and have recently learned the original surname was Lanton. But I am not sure what it means. So if anyone does know what the name Lanton means. I'd appreciate it!
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Old 08-31-2013, 04:46 AM
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Thanks everyone for the helpful advice and have recently learned the original surname was Lanton. But I am not sure what it means. So if anyone does know what the name Lanton means. I'd appreciate it!
First of all "ton" means town. "Lan" some quality or identifying factor.

Could the name be a variation of Langton? A much more common name.

If so: Langton Name Meaning & Langton Family History at Ancestry.com
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