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How Do You Look For A Blood Relative That You Do Not Even Use Their Surnames.

I think I might have Jewish blood... my last name is Novosad, can anyone tell me anything about this?

This name is of Slavic origins. Novosad in translation is some sort of garden with newly planted plants. I strongly recommend to look in to Slovakia. Also possible to be from Czech rep. or Polish. All of these countries had jews and many escaped to USA during the WW2. This name can be even from the earliest time around first or even befor first world war when many Slovak people emigrated to USA and tryed to make some money. There are still communities of Slovak people all over the world, expecialy in USA (about 1 million)- considering that Slovakia has 5 000 000 people its quiet nice population. Ofcours you can have many different mutations of this name in other slavic countries so its hard to say where are your origines. I sure this name is quiet common even today in Slovakia.

Are you technically related to everyone with your last name?

Names which reflect a trade such as Smith, Taylor/Tailor, Thatcher, Baker or similiar then no, you're probably not related as there are many branches. Names based on a general locality such as Wood/Woods are also very widespread. Surnames in England only took hold in about the 15th century and later than this in Scotland and Wales. Those sending in the suffix "-son" mean exactly that (eg. Robertson - son of Robert). Mac or Mc also means 'son of', so McDonald and Donaldson are the same, meaning that the most that you can deduce about your name is that at one point you had an ancestor called Donald - it doesn't mean that you are all related from the same man who lived in a village in Perthshire in the 1500s. It doesn't work like that - there are many Robertsons, Donaldsons, MacDonalds etc, who are not related to each other.

However, there are quite a lot of surnames that are exclusive to certain areas of the country. The name Kernick for example only usually exists in Cornwall. Many other names have a hardcore base in Lancashire, Yorkshire, Cheshire or East Anglia and are almost unheard of outside their home territory.

There are not many people who share my surname, but no matter where they are living now (US, Australia, South Africa or New Zealand), they all seem to have found a link back to the one place in England where my name is most common - Cheshire. Assuming the records existed and were reliable enough to prove it, I suspect that most people with my name would indeed be distant relatives. Proving it is another matter indeed. Emigration to other local parishes doesn't help as this is rarely recorded in the records, but they have to move outwards just a bit at some point for fresh blood, otherwise if they stayed put pretty soon everybody would have four legs and three arms or something!

Crikey can you imagine if all of the Smiths or Browns were related in the UK. That would be a couple of huge families lol.As you are no doubt aware many surnames were originally named after their trade or the place they come from etc. Smiths are so called because they were originally blacksmiths for instance or those with the surname Ford are named after a river crossing. My surname Ness for example means ‘headland point’. The first usage of this surname is in the county of Fife in Scotland. Fife is a peninsula so there are lots of headland points on the Fife coast. So my name is William (technically a German name Wilhelm) from the headland point Ness. Some folks think the word Ness is an old English word whilst others think it has Germanic roots Ness = Nase (German for Nose) = a headland point is reminiscent of a nose so I like this explanation the best lol.To answer your question. Unfortunately or fortunately depending on how you look at it. Folks with the same surname are not always related.

In general, in India marriage with same surname(Family name) is NOT at all preferred, whether it is from mother’s side or father’s side. However, marriages in same caste (or social community) is preferred by a lot of families.However, many people/families replace their family name by their caste name or other social community they are part of but their actual family name(some people also refer to it as Gotra, which is technically not correct) is something else.Like in my community — if two people have different real family name but they are using community name as their surnames will marry. However, if their real family name is same then most of them will prefer not to marry regardless of what they are using as their surnames.

Is everyone that has the same last name in the world somewhat connected in a way?

Sometimes. Most of the people named Cady who live in the USA descend from Nicholas Cady, who was born within 10 years of 1620 in England and died in 1712 in Massachusetts or Connecticut. Most of the people named Pack in the USA descend from one of three men, who may or may not have been related.

On the other hand, Robert E. Lee didn't have any Chinese cousins. "Lee" is a common family name in China and England.


Surnames come from four main places:

Occupation: Smith, Carpenter, Fisher, Baker, Cook. Lots of Germans named "Zimmerman" changed it to "Carpenter" in the USA, because that's what "Zimmerman" means. Lots of Germans, Russians, etc. named "Smith" in their language changed it to the English "Smith" in the USA. A Carpenter from Yorkshire and one from Shropshire would not be close. A Carpenter from Hamburg would probably not be related to a Carpenter from Hampshire, unless you went back to 14th cousin. (I've read that all Europeans, and by extension all white people, are 14th cousins or closer. I have my doubts.)

Father: Johnson, Peterson, Williamson, Williams, Wilson ...; Again, people sometimes translated the name from their language to English. And, again, someone named Johnson from Norway wouldn't be close to someone named Johnson from Ireland.

Physical characteristic: Little, Armstrong, Black ...; See above re translations.

Where they lived: General places, like Rivers, Lake, Green, Bank, Marsh, Meadows; specific places like York, London, Scott .... Note that the specific ones were usually people who came from there and moved away. Back in the middle ages, when there were too many Michaels to keep track of easily, you wouldn't call all of the Michaels in York "Michael of York", but you might, in Shropshire, have one "Michael of York", if he came from there, along with Michael Baker, Michael Armstrong, and Michael Meadows. Everyone named "York" or "London" or "Hampshire" might be a little closer related than all those Smiths, but, again, they probably moved from the place of their surname in the middle ages, so the relationship would be distant.

Does your last name give a hint of your ethnicity?

Not for me, but a lot of people try to assume that I am of a certain ethnicity, based on my last name. People always assume I am German, despite not being German at all, unless it's from way far back, since I had a grandparent re-marry and adopt, and so the family assumed a new last name, which happened to be German, and that has nothing to do with our blood relative heritage, which is Swedish. When I tell them I am not German, they want to debate me about it, as though they know more about me, than I know about me. When I tell them, I am not blood related to that name due to an adoption, and that I'm actually almost half Swedish, and the rest of me is British Isles, Dutch and Swiss, they are like, oh, okay, I guess I can see that. And I think to myself, really? Yea, only because I just told them...

Same thing with my Dutch side. The Dutch name got totally Anglicized, so people also used to say to my grandpa on that side of my family, that based on his last name, he must be English, and ironically, he is a lot of English on his maternal side, but not from his dad's side, which his dad was half Dutch. In fact, his original surname was so Dutch sounding that they decided it made them stand out too much as immigrants, so they dropped the "Van" and changed the name to a sort of similar sounding common English surname when they emigrated here. But the name was never from any English roots at all, as it was a totally Dutch name. In fact, I have never met another person ever with that last name, and if I ever did, I bet I would be related to them.

Can cousins with different last name marry?

Different last name does NOT mean different bloodline. If you follow traditional Western naming customs, last name follows the FATHER'S bloodline. You are genetically just as related to your Mother's relatives as to your father's.

If your mother got divorced and remarried you could have half brothers with different last names. Marrying them would be illegal in every country in the world.

This is disregarding the possibility that someone just might not follow traditional naming customs. (Plenty of single mothers give their kids their own last name, or even a new boyfriend's.)

Having children with a first cousin increases the risk your kids will have birth defects.

Anyway, do you mean first cousins, second cousins, third cousins? What country and state do you live in? The rules on cousins getting married are different in different US states.

I know having children with a fourth cousin is perfectly safe.

Are all Irish people with surnames such as 'Ward', 'McDonagh', and 'Sweeney' travellers?

I'm just wondering because I myself am an Irish person living here in Ireland with one of those surnames.

These surnames are very common within the travelling community and I'm just wondering if I have some sort of travelling heritage because of my surname.

We are a settled family and we do not possess the stereotypical traits of a traveller, such as; being violent and loud, being some variation of a criminal or we do not have that strong, hard accent often associated with travellers. (I know not all travellers are like this, I live near a town highly populated with travellers and some of them are kind-hearted, friendly people).

Also, my parents are extremely racist towards travellers, even my father who passed down the surname, often calling them pejorative names such as 'tinkers', 'knackers', and 'pikeys'.

Even though my parents and siblings look down on travellers, (I must add in I do not, as we are all human beings and deserved to be treated as equals) do you still think that because of my surname, it is inevitable that I have some traveller blood in me?

Is Schwartz necessarily a Jewish surname?

Schwartz :origin & meaning:

German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): nickname for someone with black hair or a dark complexion, from Middle High German swarz, German schwarz, Yiddish shvarts ‘dark’, ‘black’.

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Schwartz
Recorded in many forms, this surname of early German and Dutch origins, is one of great popularity particularly in the USA. In 1965 it was calculated to be the 10th most popular surname in New York City. Like many names of pre-medieval origins, it is a form of descriptive nickname. It derives from the pre 8th century word 'swarz' meaning 'black' and as such was given to a person of dark or swarthy appearance. The Angles and Saxons were fair, and this suggests that the 'swarz' as applied to people may have been nationalistic, and given to the Gauls, however this is conjecture. What is certain is that there are many spelling forms. The usual spellings today are Schwartz and Schwarz, but Schwarte, Schwartzer, Schwarzer, and Schwar(t)zmann, are also well recorded. The name is also popular in The Netherlands with the additional spellings of (de) Swart, Swarte, or de Zwart, in Poland as Szware, and in Czechoslovakia as Svarc. It also acted as the prefix to other names to create compounds such as Schwartzkopf and Schwarzchild as examples. These surnames are 'ornamental' with no literal meaning. Examples of early German recordings include Werner Swartz, which was dated 1316 at Worms, Thiman Swarte of Greifswald in the year 1350 a.d., and Wicboldus dictus Swarte of Barth, in the year 1356. Later examples are those of Anne Ursula Schwarz of Pfalz, christened there on October 16th 1618, whilst the name is very early into America, Abagail Swartz, (of Dutch origin) being christened at Albany, New York, on September 16th 1687.