We have had threads on user names and occupations, but there is one discussion that I don't know that has been brought up to the folks who inhabitate this place. If previously asked , someone will surely let us know. Over the years of existence on this planet I have been curious about peoples "Etymology" That is the study and interpretation or history of your surname. Your last name. Many people have an idea of how and who and for what reason your parents gave you your first name, Uncle Joe, Aunt Jane, Great Grandpa Frank or some current popular movie star or druggy, but many don't know the derivation or meaning of their last names. In my case my last name is Slovak in origin. My fathers side was 100 % Bohemian. They go back to when Atilla the Hun ransacked Eastern Europe. It means "little ram". My Mother's side was Welsh. Her maiden name was "Tarr" her family started out way back when tarring and caulking sea going wooden vessels in England, those folks were called "Tars" who did that. My first wifes Dad was German, her mother was off the boat Italian. My second wifes father was off the boat Italian in 1945. He speaks fluent Italian but refuses to do so publically because he is an "American" as he says. His surname means "The Rose". Her mother was English. I think she is as old as the current Queen if not older. I see names on here I am curious about. Especially Southern names, Calhouns, etc. Western names, like McMurtry. Bert McGhee where the he$$ did you get the name McGhee? Google up "Surname" sometime. It is amazing the things you can find. Even if you don't post something I think you might be surprised at what you find. So, I love America and I am an 'Merican, but it is nice to know where I came from. John.