On this day, 28 January 814, in what is now Aachen, Germany, Charlemagne died. He was my twice-over 37th great-grandfather through his sons Pepin “Carloman” of Italy and Louis “The Pious” of Aquitaine. He was also my spouse’s many-times great-grandfather through his maternal mother’s line.
Recently, I posted a piece on my spouse’s gateway ancestor to Charlemagne, Edward Fowlke. Since I will be also posting pieces about my gateway ancestors to Charlemagne, I will not be reviewing his life and accomplishments in this post.
On this day, 24 January, in the year 1376, Richard “Copped Hat” FitzAlan passed away. He was my 21st great-grandfather through his granddaughter Alianore Holland and my 20th great-grandfather through his granddaughter Margaret Holland.
Born in Sussex, England circa 1313, Richard was the eldest son of Edmund FitzAlan, 9th Earl of Arundel, and Alice de Warenne. His parents were married in 1305, despite the fact that in 1304, his father was fined for refusing to marry Alice. (Their betrothal had been arranged by Alice’s grandfather, the Earl of Surrey, Edmund’s guardian.) However, Edmund changed his mind after the earl died; Alice was the earl’s heiress presumptive, whose only brother was married to a ten-year old.
When tracing ancestors across the centuries, kin are often clustered together in a similar locations, an economic situation, or an ethnic identity. A gateway ancestor is anyone with known or traceable ancestry from one specific group who marries into another group. Each immigrant from one country to another is a potential gateway, if his/her descendants can then trace his/her ancestry to the original country. Gateways can also occur when someone moves from one distinct social group into another or across distinct religious, economic, or racial barriers.
In the United States, however, the term “gateway ancestor” most commonly is used to refer to colonial immigrants whose ancestry can be traced in the Old World—specifically to gentry, nobility, or royalty.
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 seventh installment of a series of posts documenting the etymology of many of our families’ surnames (recent and distant, direct and indirect.)
Now that the F names have been discussed, next up is the letter G:
Categories: Caimi-Culatina Line, Cole-Marriner Line, Extended Families, Harwick-Bush Line, Surnames from A to Z, Taylor-Thomas Line, Watts-Stark Line, Williams-Stott Line
Tags: ancestry, etymology, family tree, genealogy, surname
On this day, 13 January, in the year 858, Æthelwulf, Anglo-Saxon King in England, died in Steyning, Sussex, England. He was my 35th great-grandfather through his great-granddaughter Eadgifu of Wessex and my 36th great-grandfather through his great-grandson Edmund I of England, both children of Edward “The Elder” of Wessex and Mercia and grandchildren of his son Alfred “The Great” of Wessex.