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  •  I looked up my maternal family name "Wampler" (3+ / 0-)
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    Ojibwa, NonnyO, emeraldmaiden

    It derives from a Swiss term for "One who comes from Wandfluh" (apparently a town located below a large, steep rock face).  I would translate that to "People who need to move, immediately".  Weirdly enough, the family moved to western Washington State and its progeny tends to live below steep rock faces.  Must be genetic.

    I'm glad as heck we aren't English, because I don't know what "One who wamples" might be, and it doesn't sound good.

    My paternal family name is Johnson.  We're from Ireland, but Johnson is Scottish so one of my ancestors has some 'splainin to do.  How we became the go-to name for male sex organs is a complete mystery.  (No uncle is Dick Johnson.  Grandpa had one hell of a sense of humor).

    "First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win". Mohandas K. Gandhi

    by DaveinBremerton on Sat Oct 05, 2013 at 09:32:12 PM PDT

    •  Johnson is a patronymic name (1+ / 0-)
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      Vikings founded towns and areas in Scotland, England, the northern isles, Iceland, and founded many coastal towns in Ireland, Dublin among them.

      I'd suggest Johnson is connected to a Viking somewhere back in the mists of time before records were kept....  Or, at the very least, used the same naming practice.


      I'm sick of attempts to steer this nation from principles evolved in The Age of Reason to hallucinations derived from illiterate herdsmen. ~ Crashing Vor

      by NonnyO on Sat Oct 05, 2013 at 11:11:55 PM PDT

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