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Subject: Re: Family Names
Author: Jim Young   (guest)
Date: October 11, 2006 at 5:20 AM
Reply to: Family Names by Susan

Rhodes: nothing to do with the Mediterranean island, just a fancy spelling of Old English ROD, meaning "cleared land", the ancestor of our modern word, road. I have read that this is a Yorkshire name, though I haven't been able to confirm this.

Ivory: from a French place name, Ivry-la-Bataille. There may be other origins, but I'm certain that this is the chief, if not the only one.

McCrystal: son of Crystal, a Lowland Scots diminutive of Christopher. Also found in Northern Ireland since the 17th century.

Scwonberg: looks like a German or Austrian place name; berg means "mountain".

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