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From: "Alan O'Neill" <>
Subject: Re: "SURNAMES" - When did this practice start????
Date: Wed, 12 Mar 2003 06:47:45 -0500
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> You, however, are off with the birds.
I normally find your posting very informative and thoughtful.
However, you may not have noticed your tendency to be a bit abrasive and
However, I forgive you.
I believe you can not help yourself.
I find that many situations from the past are thought to have been different
simply because that was then and this is now. However, when we take a closer
look things haven't really changed that much. Oh sure, the players are
different and the haircuts change but people are typically the same and the
reasons they do what they do are usually unchanged (politics, religion and
finances taken into consideration).
So you probably think I'm talking about you... but I'm not... remember I
forgave you so let the air out of your head and move on will you.
I'm writing about surnames.
With your logic, if you changed your surname today it would not be a real
surname unless your children adopted it and kept it alive.
This line of thought is hogwash.
Surnames were not invented in Ireland. The fad had begun on the mainland
with those who had money and the Irish with money who did travel to the
mainland more than people will admit decided to join the flock. Once they
took a surname it was a real surname. Their offspring kept it alive by
continuing to use it. There are enough O'Neill's that changed there name,
the spelling, or other families that adopted the surname O'Neill to back me
up on this.
You may ponder on what I've written a bit but need not respond as I am done
with this topic.