RE your name origins
edited September 28, 2020 in Suggest an Idea
Brett said: Graham
Firstly, "Welcome" to this "FamilySearch" ( "GetStaisfaction" ) 'Feedback' Forum.
Secondly, "Official 'FamilySearch' Representatives", do monitor; and, sometimes, participate in, this Forum.
Thirdly, I am just another User/Patron, just like yourself (and, happen to be a Member of the Church).
Many Users/Patrons who regularly participate in this Forum who have a great deal of knowledge and experience with "FamilySearch", like to assist/help other Users/Patrons like yourself.
This NEW Campaign from "FamilySearch" being:
Find out where your name comes from and what it means!
Is NOT the "Definitive" answer, it is not "It", it is not 'set in concrete' ... it is just a "Guide" ...
"FamilySearch" is ONLY trying to engage People in PARTICIPATION in "Genealogy"/"Family History".
This facility/function/feature is ONLY a "Guide", nothing more, nothing less ...
Either, take it; or, leave it ... DO NOT take issue or umbrage at it ...
Like you have done, do your own research ...
Just take a look; and, either, enjoy; or, disregard ...
Just my thoughts.
Paul said: Graham
You appear to be trusting the Forebears website for confirmation of your belief in the origins of your surname. I would not be so sure. As discussed in another topic (posted today) on surname origins, there is usually more than one source from which most surnames have originated. Just as I am unsure of my HARROD ancestors "original" name (they are also shown as Herod, Harwood and Howard in the parish registers of Norfolk, England) I wouldn't be so sure that every SLINGO of today was necessarily a SLINGER in the distant past.0
Tom Huber said: Another point to be made. My surname, Huber, is an anglicized pronunciation— hew burr, the way I and most people with the surname would pronounce it. It gets mangled into hew bert, which is usually corrected by the relative.
The actual pronunciation is German in origin, and an anglicized spelling is Hoover. That’s because the u isn’t “you”, but oo as in who. The “b” is a soft “b” that sounds closer to a “v”.
Spelling of words is all over the place, especially with our language. Daniel Webster went a long way to correct the problem when he released his dictionary. It didn’t help the matter that the sources for our words come from a number of other languages.
Moving over to names, the problem is compounded because up until government mandated consistent spelling through programs like social security, most people were illiterate and would not know if there name was recorded correctly or not. Most people who wrote the records that we can access spelled names as they heard them.
A good example of this is one of my ancestral lines, that of Wamsley.
Before visiting Adams County, Ohio, where the family lived for centuries and descendants still live, I pronounced the name with an a that sounds like the a in “at” and “that.” However, that isn’t correct— the a should have a sound like it sounds in “ah” or Washington.
The problem is compounded by an accent that is applied by some people when they pronounce Washington and it comes out as warshington. Thus these folks wars their hands, etc. and Wamsley ended up being pronounced as Warmsley, which is often heard as Wormsley.0
Graham Slingo said: Brett ; I thought I would supply this knowledge of the name Slingo for the benefit of the website as no answer was given. This is fact as I have done the research and have extensive trees, of the three only families of Slingo's. my 3 trees have the number of 15067 persons researched, and I have been researching since 1970.
If you or familysearch do not want assistance in this matter, well.
And I also see it was supplied in the wrong place as I did not intend it for discussion.
I Have never used Forebears site0
Paul said: Sorry, Graham. It was me that made the comment about the Forebears site. There seems to have been a bit of plagiarism involved here as when I looked at the definition given at https://forebears.io/surnames/slingo the phrase you used is shown, viz. "... has been proved by DNA". As this and "your source" are making the same comment, this appears to show one has just copied the other with this comment!0