Thursday, 21 December 2017

Surnames A-Z: B

A relatively recent Facebook meme has people listing their their mother's maiden name, father's surname, maternal and paternal grandparents' surnames, and sometimes even a few more generations back.

It's a nice idea, but in today's 21st century age of cyber-security and privacy considerations, too much information is a bad thing. Just think how many security questions ask for your mother's maiden name. And let's not even get into having that information on your Facebook wall, especially if you have your settings set to public (instead of friends only). You don't do that, do you? 

Over the coming posts, I'll list my direct ancestors' surnames, starting with "A" and going through to "Y" -- I have no direct or indirect "Z" ancestors. So far. 

A tip of the hat to Lorine McGinnis Schulze who started this meme alternative with her own series over at her excellent genealogy blog. As Lorine points out, most surnames are more common than you think. We may share a surname, but doesn't mean we're related, but if you think we are, please contact me using the email link on the right side of this blog.

As I went to add my "B" names, I realized that many of my ancient Anglo-Normans first used the French "de" (or of) in front of what became their surnames. I've made an executive decision to include those surnames throughout the alphabet, and not all in "D".

My "B" surnames:
  • Baker
  • (de) Badlesmere
  • (de) Balliol
  • Bangs
  • Barber
  • Barter
  • Bassett
  • Bean
  • (de) Beauchamp
  • Beaufort
  • (de) Beaumont
  • Benjamin
  • Berenguer
  • (de) Berkeley
  • Birchard
  • Blackater
  • Bliss
  • Bower
  • Brabant
  • (de) Braose
  • Bridmore
  • (de) Brienne
  • (de) Brewire
  • Brotherton
  • Bruce
  • (de) Brus
  • Buell
  • (de) Burgh
  • Burr
  • Butler
The never ending story continues....

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