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Old 03-29-2018, 11:26 AM
 
Location: Peru, Maine
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Hi Group,


I recently had my DNA tested through 'My Heritage' and the results are very surprising to me!


I had also recently started tracing back my Family Tree, which is not an easy chore.


The last name of my late dear old Aunt has stumped me, as I just can not figure out the correct spelling of her last name.


It's a French last name, which I will spell "Phonetically" to illustrate what I am searching for.


The last name is: GROBAN-"YEAH"


I just cannot come up with a correct spelling for this last name


Nothing about the way that I had illustrated/spelled this name is correct.


I don't know French.


Perhaps someone on our Great knowledge-filled Forum can help me with this?


Any and all spelling tips will be greatly appreciated!


Thanks, and have a good Thursday!


CT2MEwoodnutt
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Old 03-29-2018, 11:27 AM
 
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Grabaneux?
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Old 03-29-2018, 12:11 PM
 
Location: Coastal Georgia
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Since the last consonant of a word in french is silent, you could be looking for a name ending in IER, which would be pronounced E-AY.

Like, Grobanier.
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Old 03-29-2018, 01:27 PM
 
Location: A Yankee in northeast TN
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Could also possibly be 'et' as in Beignet
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Old 03-29-2018, 02:06 PM
 
Location: Northern Maine
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"GROBAN-"YEAH""

Greauboniet

Greaubaunet

Greaubauniet

I worked in Canada for seven years and got fairly good at recording names. I know just enough French that I did not starve in Quebec. The supermarkets have great salad bars that you can buy by the gram. A 500 gram salad is a gourmet meal.
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Old 03-29-2018, 08:00 PM
 
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Grosbonnier, Gros-Bonnier.
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Old 03-29-2018, 08:13 PM
 
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Is your aunt's name not written down somewhere on a document?


Birth record, marriage record, passenger manifest, naturalization papers, etc.


Are you looking for her maiden, or married surname?


Where did she live? When was she born?
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Old 03-29-2018, 09:16 PM
 
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Originally Posted by Northern Maine Land Man View Post
"GROBAN-"YEAH""

Greauboniet

Greaubaunet

Greaubauniet

I worked in Canada for seven years and got fairly good at recording names. I know just enough French that I did not starve in Quebec. The supermarkets have great salad bars that you can buy by the gram. A 500 gram salad is a gourmet meal.
Lol, I would definitely starve. To prove how little I know, the words you wrote sound to me like some kind of french wine. It has that ring to it.
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Old 03-30-2018, 02:40 AM
 
Location: Eugene, Oregon
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Grosbonnier, Gros-Bonnier.

This sounds most likely to me, to match what you presented phonetically. It is very amusing that in English, you misspelled the word, "spell".
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Old 03-30-2018, 07:52 AM
 
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i have notice names are spelled however the census taker feel it should be spelled, since a lot of people in the old days could not read or write, my name has been spelled many ways, couple in same family
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