Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland

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McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP, 1998 - History - 573 pages
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The introduction presents a fascinating discussion of the history and linguistic origins of surnames found in Newfoundland, which come from many different cultures, notably English, Welsh, Irish, Scottish, French, Syrian, Lebanese, and Micmac.The main body of the book comprises a dictionary of surnames in the province based on data collected from provincial voting lists, family records, government documents, and newspaper reports dating back to the seventeenth century. Each entry includes variant spellings and cross-references of the surname, the countries in which the name originated, and its meaning. Newfoundland place names associated with the surname are also given. The bookalso includes a ranking of the most common surnames in Newfoundland and a comparative analysis of the frequency of surnames in Scotland, Ireland, England, and Newfoundland. Originally published in 1977, Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland is a unique reference work, giving Newfoundlanders, both in the province and away, a fascinating look at their roots. This edition incorporates a number of additions and corrections and has been completely reset in a sturdier and more convenient format. It will be of great use to individuals tracing their ancestors and to genealogists researching early settlers in Newfoundland.
 

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my third great grandfather john roach born 1798 came to Coley's Point Newfoundland and married Rachel Goosney in 1825. not sure if this is the same John Roach that is mentioned as coming in 1832? looking for Information from where my 3rd great grandfather was born and lived before immigrating to Newfoundland;marrying and starting a family. they had 3 borns
John Roach (1823-1875) married 1846 to Emma Snow (1824-1869)
Edward Roach (1824-1886) married 1853 to Mary Parsons (1821-1880)
Stephen Roach (1826-1873) married 1847 to Jane Chard (1828-1908)
 

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This book has helped me on many occasions in searching for why an author chose a name in the story. It is filled with many useful facts and names.

Contents

Introduction
xv
SOURCES OF INFORMATION
xvi
SURNAMES SOME GENERAL CONSIDERATIONS
xxi
THE SURNAMES OF NEWFOUNDLAND
xxxv
A
3
B
17
C
76
D
131
K
280
L
296
M
324
N
376
O
387
P
396
Q
431
R
434

E
161
F
173
G
195
H
222
I
268
J
271
S
460
T
507
U V
524
W
530
YZ
560
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About the author (1998)

E.R. Seary (1908-1984) was professor and head of the English department at Memorial University, 1954-70. His other publications include The Avalon Peninsula of Newfoundland: An Ethno-Linguistic Study, with G.M. Story and W.J. Kirwin, and Place Names of the Avalon Peninsula of the Island of Newfoundland. William Kirwin is professor emeritus of English at Memorial University of Newfoundland

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