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    Screwy Wow, the things you learn when you dig into your family's past

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    My grandfathers last name, wasn't his original last name. What the hell? My maiden name was M*******a, but his was M********n. I'm facinated by this, but it makes me wonder why they changed their last names when they came over.

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    Weird, right? Same thing happened to my family too! Ours was changed by accident.
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    Where did they come from?
    My Grandmothers parents had to change their last name. They made them. A lot of Irish folks had too.



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    My family is big into researching our genealogy and we have found that when a lot f the families came over they changed their last names. But often times it was because their original last name was too difficult so the immigration people "Americanized" it...it's pretty common
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    A lot of people didnt change their names...their names were changed for them by immigrations to make it easier to pronounce. My great great great great grandfathers name was changed when he came over. It was Von Vittenmire. It now is Whit***** (my mothers maiden name).
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    My familys past is pretty storied. Had a great great uncle or something named Nigger White. And my grandmas grandma was married off at 11 to a guy in his upper twenties.
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    perhaps it was a "registration" error

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    or what they said. i should read the posts before i post


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    My family is giant, but pretty much all "from" the same area. My maternal grandma has the "same" last name as some of my dad's cousins except my grandma is H***s and the cousins left off the "s"...not sure how far back that goes (quite a while) but it's pretty interesting the things you find out!
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    That happened to a lot if names, like Vino said. Ours was changed cuz it was German.
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    My grandfather was adopted so we have a Portuguese last name that we don't pronounce correctly. It's so embarrassing/irritating when people correct how I say my last name. I feel like saying, sorry I got stuck with a last name I can't pronounce, I don't mean to offend you.

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