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Name origins can be fun and help with research

Greetings. When doing a search I wish there was some option for name origins in the search results. In certain situations this may help others doing difficult research. It may also help others to get a deeper understanding of where they came from and the changes that were made way back in history. In the short time I have been doing this I have a greater respect and understanding my heritage. I would like to pay it backward and forward by respectfully honoring them and their lives by given as much information in their profiles beyond just dates and places. Unfortunately after someone passes on so much information about them is forever lost. Well with this website and the internet their mark on the world can now be forever. Thank you for listening. P.S. Maybe something like this:
https://www.ancestry.com/learn/facts
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    A couple of thoughts.

    1. The problem with name origins and genealogy is the same as the problem with DNA-based ethnicity estimates and genealogy: people completely misinterpret what they're told. They hear "Scandinavian" (for example) and immediately jump to "I have Viking ancestors!" (or whatever popular-culture-based connection they can think of), which is totally unfounded and very likely untrue. The truth is, surnames can very rarely tell you anything about your specific ancestry, because almost every name is used by multiple, unrelated families, and also because people move around, intermarry, and translate or otherwise alter their names to suit their environments.

    2. While it would be nice to have a single website with reliable, scholarly surname etymologies, I'm not sure it makes sense for FamilySearch to be the one that creates it. FS has enough on its plate in trying to get the places database correct and complete, and the Catalog anywhere near accurate, and the place research pages up-to-date, and ....
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  • Hello Juli. I am a novice that this stuff right now but very willing to listen and learn. You have given me some things to think about. Thank you for sharing. Have an awesome day.
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  • Brian,

    Juli addressed the names related part of your original comments. There is a mechanism in Family search for dealing with the other parts of your post. It is the memories section. Using that section, you can fill in a lot of the "gaps" that are not included in the normal vitals of a person record. With text, pictures, and documents it gives you the ability to capture a lot of the information that you are talking about!
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