Surname Saturday: TROKA

Troka Surname

This week's surname is from my paternal Polish ancestors. I've heard it pronounced both Troh-kuh and Truck-uh. The TROKA surname first shows up in my family tree with my great-grandmother, Emily (TROKA) ZALEWSKI. She was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1896. Her father, Joseph TROKA, was born in … [Read more...]

Surname Saturday: SHANNON

The SHANNON surname first appears in my wife's family tree at her maternal great-grandmother, Marie R (SHANNON) BANNACH. From the looks of it Marie didn't have a very good start to her life. Her mother, Mary (DAKINS) SHANNON died when Marie was only four years old. Then, as far as we can tell, her … [Read more...]

Surname Saturday: VAN PRICE

Photo from Charles' Passport. Note his name listed as just "Price."

By the time the VAN PRICE surname ended in my ancestry, it had already been changed at least once. My great-grandmother, Mildred Vida (DEBROUX) VAN PRICE, was the last to have the surname before she married my great-grandfather. Her father, as he is listed on later documents and his headstone, was … [Read more...]

Surname Saturday: TONEY

The TONEY surname shows up in my wife's family tree starting with her great-great-grandmother, Idona (TONEY) POWELL. The surname is also her connection to the American Revolutionary War. So, if all data is correct she should be a proven Daughter of the American Revolution. There is much paperwork to … [Read more...]

Surname Saturday: LAURENT

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The LAURENT surname is from my maternal grandmother's side of the family. This is the side with the most French/Belgian ancestry. The surname first appears in my family tree with my great-great-grandmother, Mary Philomene LAURENT. Mary married Joseph DEBROUX on 8 Sep 1891 in Langlade Co., … [Read more...]

Surname Saturday: DEBROUX

The DeBroux surname first enters my family tree as my maternal grandmother's maiden name. The surname itself is Belgian, at least when I trace it back from America. According to Ancestry.com, the surname along with the preposition de (‘from’), denoting someone from either of two places called Broux, … [Read more...]

Surname Saturday: MORAN

This week I decided to do a Surname Saturday on one of my wife's surnames, Moran. The MORAN surname first shows up in her tree with Robert MORAN who was born in Ireland in 1820. We're not exactly sure where in Ireland. Tracing this name into Ireland is like tracing the JOHNSON surname in America … [Read more...]

Surname Saturday: LAST

No, not a last name, the name LAST. You should see how difficult it is to do any sort of search on this surname. Typing in "last surname" or just "last" into search engines usually gets me a lot more than I need. Sometimes it gives me "Did you mean 'last name'?" It's even tough on genealogy sites … [Read more...]