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Elle

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Sam's Last Name
« on: March 04, 2008, 06:34:11 pm »
Is it Samuel Cornick? I read where Uncle Mike called him Samuel Marrokson or was that only because he was angry and trying to make a point to Sam?
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Re: Sam's Last Name
« Reply #1 on: May 13, 2008, 07:42:21 pm »
Cornick is a traditionally Welsh last name.  It is probably a surname adopted by Bran at some point in the past when it became convenient and a surname commonplace. 

In some areas in earlier eras, a surname was used like an adjective, to distinguish two people of the same name -- or to give some background as to where they came from or what they did.

John who was a black smith would become John Smith while a John who was a farmer would be John Farmer.  So when you spoke of John Farmer you knew who someone was talking about.  A lot of names came to us that way:  Smith, Wright, Chandler, Fisher, Miller.  Sometimes the name came from the place a person came from Satterthwaithe, von Lichtenberg, von Hohenheim  or the clan a person belonged to MacDonald.  The Germanic/Baltic/Russian people often took the name of their parent.  Elizaveta Arkadyevna would translate in English to Elizabeth Arkady's daughter.   It is in this fashion that Samuel is Samuel Marrokson -- Uncle Mike is acknowledging that Samuel has power and knowledge as the Marrok's son.   It is, deliberately, a little hard to tell if Uncle Mike is showing respect or distain.