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Surname August

Recorded in the spellings of August and Augustine, and the more popular Austin and Austen, this is a medieval surname of biblical and Roman origins. Introduced into Europe in the 12th century by the returning Crusaders from the Holy Land, the derivation is from the pre-Christian "Augustus," meaning venerable or sacred. The name was particularly popular on the continent where it was and still is, associated with St. Augustine and the monasteries that he founded in the 7th century, but less so…

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Added by Dee Notaro on August 3, 2015 at 9:00am — No Comments

Comic Grace Ethel Cecile Rosalie Allen: July 26,1895

Gracie Allen was born to George Allen and Molly Darragh, who were of Irish Catholic extraction. The Darraghs are listed as being from County Antrim with Gracie’s father, Patrick, born in 1833 and married Margaret Peggy McKillip from Ballymoney, County Antrim. The Darraghs were from County Antrim. Gracie’s father, Patrick, born in…

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Added by Dee Notaro on July 12, 2015 at 5:00am — No Comments

Origin of Surname July

This rare surname spelling is one of a group of variants such as Jul(l)ie, Jewley, Juely and Julee, which are first recorded in England in the early 17th Century. They derive from the Old French "Jolif", through the Middle English "Jolly", a nickname for a person of happy and cheerful disposition. The name may also be associated with the Old Norse-Viking "Jol", a variant of "Yule", the midwinter festival which celebrated the end of the shortening of the days. In this case the name would have…

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Added by Dee Notaro on July 1, 2015 at 10:54am — 1 Comment

Money Trivia

How much does $1 million weigh? That  depends on the denomination of the bills you use. Since there are 490 notes in a pound, if you used $1 bills it would weigh 2,040.8 pounds, but if you used $100 bills it would weigh only 20.4 pounds.

That is, there are 3/4's of a pound of cotton in each pound of dollar bills.  This same source also says that are 454 bills in a pound of currency. 

So when you watch TV or a movie and there is a payoff in a suitcase or a duffle/gym bag....will…

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Added by Dee Notaro on June 21, 2015 at 5:00am — 2 Comments

Is Genius Genetic?

What does it take to be considered a genius? Is a genius a remarkable musician who moves our spirits, an artist who creates beautiful paintings, a student who scores off the charts on an IQ test or the employee working the Genius Bar at your local Apple store? OK, maybe the last example is pushing it, but consider the other varieties of geniuses -- those with amazing musical, artistic, athletic and intellectual talents. Were the Mozarts and Monets of the world born with their genius? Or did…

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Added by Dee Notaro on June 14, 2015 at 4:30am — No Comments

Origin of Surname June

Recorded in the spelling of Jeune, Lejeune, and June, this is an English surname, but of pre medieval French origins. Probably introduced into England by the Normans immediately after the famous 1066 Invasion when for three centuries French became the official language, the surname originates from the word "jeune" meaning "young" and was originally a nickname or term of endearment, for a young man. About 15% of all surnames are believed to have originally been nicknames, so this one comes…

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Added by Dee Notaro on June 7, 2015 at 4:40am — No Comments

Memorial Day USA

Added by Dee Notaro on May 30, 2015 at 5:30am — 1 Comment

May Birthday Boy - Marion Michael Morrison

Robert Morrison (1782-1863) was born in County Antrim of unknown parents and plied a linen weaver's trade until he emigrated to the United States in 1801. He married and was a pioneer in Adams…

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Added by Dee Notaro on May 23, 2015 at 5:30am — 2 Comments

'Sheep Stealer' Sir George Arthur French

George Arthur French was born at Roscommon, Ireland in 1841. He was educated at the Royal Military College, Sandhurst, and the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich, and commissioned in the Royal Artillery in 1860. 

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Added by Dee Notaro on May 9, 2015 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

Genealogy Tip: Map Copyright Traps

We use lots of maps in tracing the paths of our ancestors. Mapmakers will often place a tiny piece of incorrect information in their maps to prevent illegal reproduction of their work. Called a "copyright trap," the fake text might be a bogus street name or even the…

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Added by Dee Notaro on April 29, 2015 at 5:00am — 1 Comment

Thomas McKean -- From Ulster to Pennsylvania

Thomas McKean (March 19, 1734 – June 24, 1817)…

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Added by Dee Notaro on April 22, 2015 at 5:00am — No Comments

American Sniper - Etymology of word

The term sniper originated in the 1770s among soldiers in British India where a hunter skilled enough to kill the elusive snipe was dubbed a "sniper". The term was first attested in 1824 in the sense of the word…

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Added by Dee Notaro on April 15, 2015 at 5:00am — No Comments

Did 'Bat' Masterson have Irish Heritage?

You probably know the wild west part, some fact and some fiction, depending upon which movie you watch. 

William Barclay "Bat" Masterson (1853 –  1921) was a figure of the American "old west" known as a…

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Added by Dee Notaro on April 8, 2015 at 5:00am — 1 Comment

April as a Surname

This interesting and uncommon name is of Old French origin.  It was introduced into England after the Norman Conquest of 1066 and derives from the Old French "avril(l)."  The month of April, ultimately from the Latin…

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Added by Dee Notaro on April 1, 2015 at 5:00am — 2 Comments

Irish Signer of the Declaration of Independence

James Smith was born in Ireland's province of Ulster in 1719 and went to the American colonies as a boy. A member of the Continental Congress 1776-1778,  he  served in the war of independence as a Colonel of the Pennsylvania Militia from 1775-1776. Smith died on 11 July 1806. He was also a…

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Added by Dee Notaro on March 25, 2015 at 5:30am — No Comments

Galvanized Yankees

If you live in the southern part of the United States, you know they are still not over the war. Which war? The one where the south lost!  So thought I would stir the pot a little.

A large part of the 34th…

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Added by Dee Notaro on March 18, 2015 at 5:00am — 4 Comments

The Irish 'Flavor' of the Erie Canal Workforce

When European settlement of North America started pushing inland from the coast, transportation problems repeatedly occurred. The biggest problem was the Appalachian Mountains, 400 miles from the coast. …

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Added by Dee Notaro on March 7, 2015 at 5:30am — 1 Comment

The Irish of Savannah

The Irish were present at the creation of Georgia as a British colony in 1733. The second Royal Governor (1757-1760) of the colony was the Monaghan-born naval explorer Henry Ellis.  By treaty signed in 1763 with the Creek…

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Added by Dee Notaro on February 28, 2015 at 5:30am — No Comments

Blame it On Christopher Columbus - Remember Chocolate is Also His Fault!

Before Columbus, Europe had never tasted potatoes, tomatoes, red peppers, chocolate, pumpkins, coconuts, pineapples, strawberries, and much more.  All these food items are native…

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Added by Dee Notaro on February 21, 2015 at 5:00am — 1 Comment

What Irish Lassie turned 65 February 3rd?

Born in Texas, mother's maiden name Hartt, extremely shy, had a genius IQ by age 11 of 147, starred in Flamingo Road, Pee Wee’s Big…

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Added by Dee Notaro on February 14, 2015 at 6:00am — No Comments

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