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GARCÍA  added 2/22/2020, 8:15:39 AM by Bescriva
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It's number one in popularity on Spain
Bescriva  2/22/2020
 
BELLINI  added 2/20/2020, 12:20:29 PM by Rowena Shepard
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Vincenzo Bellini, composer (1801-1835)
Rowena Shepard  2/20/2020
 
HITLER  added 2/19/2020, 4:55:46 PM by Juvenal
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NO NO NO NO NO! NOT THE DICTATOR OF NAZI GERMANY!!!
Juvenal  2/19/2020
 
TAPIA  added 2/17/2020, 12:44:51 PM by Juvenal
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That's my Last name Tapia.
Juvenal  2/17/2020
 
Ó RINN  added 2/13/2020, 3:11:00 AM by timring
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My name is Ring, an anglicized variation of O'Rinn also. Originating in Cork, I'm from a branch with two families in the Carherciveen/Valentia Island area of Kerry. The only other branch outside of Cork I know of is in Galway/Mayo. There are lots of Rings in Dublin but nearly all are from (or descended from) the Cork, Kerry or Galway/Mayo branches.

Famous Rings (or at least well known in Ireland) include Christy Ring (famous Cork hurler) and Michael Ring (politician, TD for the Mayo & later Mayo West constituency).
timring  2/13/2020
 
CABRERA  added 2/12/2020, 5:10:38 AM by Anonymous User
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I see alot of others in America with the same last name as me.. I wonder if I'm related to any of them. My roots stem from cuba
― Anonymous User  2/12/2020
 
LAINE  added 2/8/2020, 12:52:23 PM by Sofia
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Source: Ornamental
Usages: Estonian

Meaning: Means "wave" in Estonian.
(Information from name #114413 originally submitted by user Raki)
Sofia  2/8/2020
 
RUSSO  added 2/7/2020, 6:32:52 PM by Anonymous User
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Russo, Italian from Medieval Latin, a Russian, from Rus, the Norsemen, the original founders of the Russian principality from Norse he rows, or the men who row.

It is a Sicilian name, where it originated and is the most common name in all of Sicily. It originally denoted Nobility. It is also common in Southern Italy.
Why?
The Vikings, aka Normans.

An interesting fact about the Normans, which we know is French for Norsemen, is that in the Byzantine world of Magna Graecia in Southern Italy and Sicily, all Vikings were called Rus.
The most common name in Sicily, Russo, originally denoting nobility, is not a variation of Rosso, which means red but is medieval Latin for a Russian from Rus, from Norse, the men who row, the original founders of the Russian principalities.
The name Russo should never be taken out of the context of the Byzantine world when the Rus Vikings were bodyguards and mercenaries to the Emperors of the Byzantine Empire, and later Byzantine Greeks of Sicily and Southern Italy. One can not remove Magna Graecia nor Byzantine Southern Italy from the context of Southern Italian culture, history, language nor names. Many Southern Italian words and last names are themselves Greek names and words.
The Southern Italian States were all part of ancient Magna Graecia and the later Greek Byzantine Empire. In these Southern Italian States and Sicily there are to this day pockets of people still speaking Greek, or Albanian.
See also The Griko People of Southern Italy
This Magna Graecia part of Italy was conquered from the Greek world by the Romans and incorporated into Rome, then later lost to the Goths and then later recovered by the Byzantine Greeks.
See The Gothic War (535-554) between the Byzantine Empire during the reign of Emperor Justinian I and the Ostrogothic Kingdom of Italy which took place from 535 until 554 in the Italian peninsula, Dalmatia, Sardinia, Sicily and Corsica when the Byzantine general Narses recovered the southern Italian provinces from the Goths.
Next came the Muslim Arabs who took a lot of Southern Italy.
Then enter the Normans and the Norman Conquest of Southern Italy and Sicily.
All Vikings, or Normans (French for Norsemen, i.e., Vikings) were called Rus by the Byzantine Greeks, the Arabs, the Sicilians and Southern Italians at that time throughout that region.
Checking any map of Italy for the time period one finds the name in exactly the regions where the Normans conquered the lands from the Byzantines and Arabs. The first Western European source to mention the Rus' are the Annals of St. Bertin. These relate that Emperor Louis the Pious' court at Ingelheim, in 839, was visited by a delegation from the Byzantine emperor. In this delegation there were two men who called themselves Rus (Rus vocari dicebant). Louis enquired about their origins and learnt that they were Swedes (suoni). Fearing that they were spies for their allies, the Danes, he incarcerated them, before letting them proceed after receiving reassurances from Byzantium.Another telling source comes from Liutprand of Cremona, a 10th-century Lombard bishop who in a report from Constantinople to Holy Roman Emperor Otto I wrote that he had met the Rus whom we know by the other name of Norsemen.It was in exactly these lands in Sicily and Southern Italy that these Norsemen or Vikings, saw a great opportunity to advance themselves and take title to lands as war lords, just the same as Rollo had done centuries before in France. Rollo was the famous Viking “who emerged as the outstanding personality among the Norsemen who had secured a permanent foothold on Frankish soil in the valley of the lower Seine. Charles the Simple, the king of West Francia, ceded them lands between the mouth of the Seine and what is now Rouen in exchange for Rollo agreeing to end his brigandage, and provide the Franks with protection against future Viking raids.”

 200 years after the land in France was given to Rollo the Norman people there were still speaking their Scandinavian languages. And these were made up of not only one tribe of Vikings, but many different ones, making a confederation which later invaded England from that very region in France. See the
Norman Conquest of England
Seeing this great opportunity for land and title for themselves like Rollo had done for himself, the Norsemen adventurers enlisted into the conquest of Sicily and Southern Italy. First defeating the Muslim Arabs and then turning on the Greek Orthodox Byzantines. They then turned the land over to the Roman Pope. It is in exactly these lands that the name Russo is found. By turning the land over to the Pope, the inhabitants were then under the influence of the Roman Catholic Church and not the Byzantine Greek Orthodox Church. The Pope then gratefully granted land and title to these Norman Warlords. The first recorded entry of the Medieval Latinized form of the name Russo is in the documents of Sperlinga Castle in Enna, Sicily, dated 1132. Under the Norman rule of Sicily, King Roger II had granted the land title of Sperlinga Castle to one of his descendants, Ricciardo (See the Language Gallo-Italic of Sicily from the French pronunciation of Richard) whom the King had made a Baron for his defense of the Castle against the Muslims. The Normans (French for Norsemen) were descendants of the Viking Norsemen who conquered Sicily, and Ricciardo was a direct descendent of the House Hauteville (Altavilla in Italian, in Sicilian, d’Autavilla). As a Baron, Ricciardo then presumably took the surname Russo Rosso and bestowed to the castle a coat of arms featuring a comet against a red backdrop with the motto Serenet. Prior to the Norman invasion of England, there was no recognizable system for hereditary coats of arms, but it was following that conquest that the Middle Ages saw the dawn of heraldry
― Anonymous User  2/7/2020
 
COCKBURN  added 2/7/2020, 8:21:33 AM by Anonymous User
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Ouch.
― Anonymous User  2/7/2020
 
NIEMINEN  added 2/5/2020, 7:34:51 AM by RHAWK3935
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NEE-eh-mee-nehn in Finnish.
RHAWK3935  2/5/2020
 
JOHNSSON  added 2/5/2020, 7:25:31 AM by RHAWK3935
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YUWN-sawn in Swedish.
RHAWK3935  2/5/2020
 
NIEMI  added 2/5/2020, 7:24:50 AM by RHAWK3935
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NEE-eh-mee in Finnish.
RHAWK3935  2/5/2020
 
POLLOCK  added 2/5/2020, 7:24:16 AM by RHAWK3935
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Contemporary artist Jackson Pollock.
RHAWK3935  2/5/2020
 
ALAN  added 2/4/2020, 2:45:27 AM by Buggs
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I have never met an Alan I didn't like. My bear is called Alan, my swim coach is called Alan- I know an Alan who doesn't have hands. Alans are pretty cool. Lovely name.
Buggs  2/4/2020
 
DE VITO  added 2/4/2020, 2:15:14 AM by Buggs
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Danny Devito my man.
Buggs  2/4/2020
 
ROBINSON  added 2/1/2020, 12:36:08 PM by Paradiso36
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Voices actors Cindy Robinson and new actor Zeno Robinson who are known for dubbing anime.
Paradiso36  2/1/2020
 
GOODMAN  added 1/27/2020, 9:51:08 PM by Emily Ann
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Vestal Goodman (1929-2003), an American southern gospel singer, is a famous bearer of this name.
Howard Goodman (1921-2002), an American southern gospel singer, is a famous bearer of this name.
Emily Ann  1/27/2020
 
GRANT  added 1/27/2020, 9:35:11 PM by Emily Ann
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Amy Grant, an American singer, is a famous bearer of this name.
Emily Ann  1/27/2020
 
BLAIR  added 1/27/2020, 9:31:44 PM by Emily Ann
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Helen Blair Barlett, an American geologist who contributed to the design of spark plug insulators, was a famous bearer of this name. She is my great-aunt.
Emily Ann  1/27/2020
 
MONDO  added 1/26/2020, 4:29:20 PM by epicgamermoment
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Mondo Owada from Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc.
epicgamermoment  1/26/2020
 
SARGENT  added 1/22/2020, 8:50:29 AM by MSW
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John Singer Sargent was a cool Edwardian-era American artist.
MSW  1/22/2020
 
AVERY  added 1/22/2020, 8:12:15 AM by MSW
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Henry Avery was a notorious pirate who lived in the 1690s.
MSW  1/22/2020
 
ROME  added 1/20/2020, 4:07:29 PM by RHAWK3935
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Derived from the name of a capital city in Italy.
RHAWK3935  1/20/2020
 
HENRY  added 1/19/2020, 4:53:40 PM by namefix
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Thierry Daniel Henry is a French professional football coach and former player who is currently the manager of Major League Soccer club Montreal Impact.
namefix  1/19/2020
 
IVARSSON  added 1/18/2020, 10:03:40 PM by RHAWK3935
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EE-va-shawn in Swedish. [noted -ed]
RHAWK3935  1/18/2020
 
SCARLETT  added 1/15/2020, 10:00:06 PM by RHAWK3935
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SKAHR-lət in English.
RHAWK3935  1/15/2020
 
HAMILTON  added 1/13/2020, 2:33:30 PM by Emily Ann
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George Hamilton is an American actor.
Emily Ann  1/13/2020
 
GARDENER  added 1/13/2020, 10:39:33 AM by Anonymous User
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Pronounced GAHR-də-nər. [noted -ed]
― Anonymous User  1/13/2020
 
GARBUTT  added 1/13/2020, 10:39:05 AM by Anonymous User
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Pronounced GAHR-bət. [noted -ed]
― Anonymous User  1/13/2020
 
GABRIELSON  added 1/13/2020, 10:38:37 AM by Anonymous User
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Pronounced GAY-bree-ehls.
― Anonymous User  1/13/2020
 
GORDON  added 1/13/2020, 6:49:41 AM by Snowlilly612
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Lawrence Gordon is the main protagonist in the 2004 film Saw. He is also a minor unseen antagonist of the saw films 2-5 as well as the main tertiary protagonist/antagonist of Saw 3D.
Snowlilly612  1/13/2020
 
COLTON  added 1/12/2020, 10:08:36 PM by RHAWK3935
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Also means "coal town" in Old English.
RHAWK3935  1/12/2020
 
COLTON  added 1/12/2020, 10:08:00 PM by RHAWK3935
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KAWL-tən in English.
RHAWK3935  1/12/2020
 
HÅKANSSON  added 1/11/2020, 9:31:56 PM by RHAWK3935
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HO-kan-sawn in Swedish. [noted -ed]
RHAWK3935  1/11/2020
 
MARTINSSON  added 1/11/2020, 9:31:33 PM by RHAWK3935
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MA-tin-sawn in Swedish. [noted -ed]
RHAWK3935  1/11/2020
 
SAMPSON  added 1/10/2020, 8:53:29 PM by RHAWK3935
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Means "Son of Samp".
RHAWK3935  1/10/2020
 
SAMSON  added 1/10/2020, 8:52:14 PM by RHAWK3935
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Means "Son of Sam".
RHAWK3935  1/10/2020
 
SAMUELSON  added 1/10/2020, 8:51:33 PM by RHAWK3935
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SAM-yəl-sən and or SAM-yoo-əl-sən in English. [noted -ed]
RHAWK3935  1/10/2020
 
SAMUELSSON  added 1/10/2020, 8:50:48 PM by RHAWK3935
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SA-muy-ehl-sawn in Swedish.
RHAWK3935  1/10/2020
 
MICHEL (1)  added 1/8/2020, 1:15:10 PM by Anonymous User
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Not used in Poland. [noted -ed]
― Anonymous User  1/8/2020
 
KORHONEN  added 1/6/2020, 10:11:27 PM by Hannu Korhonen
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Korhonen is the most popular family name in Finland
https://verkkopalvelu.vrk.fi/Nimipalvelu/nimipalvelu_sukunimitop.asp?L=1

You can read more about the origin of the name Korhonen from an article "Our family name Korhonen",
Link on the page http://rautalamminkorhoset.fi/english-texts [noted -ed]
Hannu Korhonen  1/6/2020
 
VIRGO  added 1/3/2020, 5:17:04 PM by iamauser
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The Milky Way galaxy is located in the Virgo Supercluster.
iamauser  1/3/2020
 
JONSSON  added 1/2/2020, 7:31:58 AM by RHAWK3935
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YUWN-sawn. [noted -ed]
RHAWK3935  1/2/2020
 
NIKLASSON  added 1/2/2020, 7:31:30 AM by RHAWK3935
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NIK-las-sawn in Swedish. [noted -ed]
RHAWK3935  1/2/2020
 
HAYNES  added 1/1/2020, 11:43:19 AM by 606525
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If you don´t got brains, you don´t got Haynes.
606525  1/1/2020
 
SOKOL  added 12/31/2019, 11:44:35 AM by WickedRose
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My Maiden name is Sokohl, we never new why it has the "H" in it. My dad's side of the family is supposedly from Kiev before it left the USSR. My father always considered himself Russian Jewish. I was able to find some Ellis Island records and some information going back to the region about a family who raised hunting falcons. But I thought the the other name variation and some information would be important.
WickedRose  12/31/2019
 
MONDAY (2)  added 12/31/2019, 9:42:35 AM by DRyelle
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The short-lived Fox show "The Finder" had a character with this surname: Willa Monday (Maddie Hasson).
DRyelle  12/31/2019
 
SAMPSON  added 12/30/2019, 10:25:30 PM by Anonymous User
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The Domesday Book has an entry for "Sampson's Farm," in Essex, England, in 1086. History says that the surname was brought to Britain by the Normans, in 1066, where the letter p was added. The surname made its way to America in the 17th century. Over the centuries, it independently popped up in other locations as well, with different spellings, owing to its biblical origin. It's often confused with the name Simpson. Since Simpsons tend to favor business, while Sampsons tend to favor academia, I'll sometimes joke that Simpsons tend to have more money than Sampsons, but Sampsons tend to be smarter than Simpsons.
― Anonymous User  12/30/2019
 
SALAMANCA  added 12/29/2019, 5:31:15 AM by Anonymous User
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Mr Salamanca is a character in "The Outsider" (sometimes translated as "The Stranger") by Camus.
― Anonymous User  12/29/2019
 
CANTRELL  added 12/26/2019, 5:39:29 AM by Anonymous User
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Pronounced can-TREHL. [noted -ed]
― Anonymous User  12/26/2019