Monthly Archives: November 2016

Edmund II “Ironside” of England

On this day, exactly a millennium ago—30 November 1016, Edmund II “Ironside” died at the age of 27. Edmund II, King of England and of Wessex, was my two-times 30th great-grandfather.

Edmund was the third of six sons of King Æthelred the Unready and his first wife, Ælfgifu of York. One of Edmund’s older brothers, Egbert, died about 1005.

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ABCs & Our Family Trees: Letter F

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I have always been fascinated by language, specifically where it originates and how it adapts, mutates, and relates to other languages. That is why I found the recent series of blogs by Andrew’s Kindred so intriguing. It combined my love of etymology with my love of genealogy.  I was so inspired, in fact, that I decided to try my hand at chronicling the origins of our families’ surnames.


This is the sixth installment of a series of posts documenting the etymology of many of our families’ surnames (recent and distant, direct and indirect.)

Now that the E names have been discussed, next up is the letter F:

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One Percent

Twenty-four years ago, I had the honor to spend a day with Maya Angelou, a truly phenomenal woman. She was caring and compassionate, eloquent and empathetic. Even though more than two decades have passed, her wit and wisdom impact me still.

These days, with all the violence and vitriol swirling and whirling in our words and our lives, a few more gentle, giving, and gracious souls are needed to negate the negative.

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History of the English Language, Abridged

I am a full-fledged history geek and language addict. (There, I said it…The first step is admitting you have a problem.)

History is my passion. I relish past facts and events like others savor fine wines. While some may find it a little dry to their taste, I find history robust and full-bodied.

Comprehending and dissecting language is also an obsession. I am so fixated on etymology that I even research the origin and meanings of family surnames, letter by letter, and post them in this blog. (Oh yeah, I have a serious problem. I think my family will be fitting me for a straitjacket soon.)

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