Monday, March 28, 2016

Want to Get Crazy Tonight in Idaho?

I'm doing a lecture tonight for the North Idaho Quilt Guild -- come on over!

And if you can't make it...we'll miss you.

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Want to learn more about your family name, with just a click? is offering a very cool freebie --
    Click on this link, type in your family name, and you can see a wide variety of facts, including:

*Who's in the U.S. with your last name -- and where they're located
       (I'm guessing there's more info available than this, but has become very big -- and covers a lot of ground at present.)

*Their most-common occupations
*People who fought in America's Civil War -- on both sides

and more. Fascinating. wants you to join up, of course. (They do offer a risk-free trial that's helpful.)
But you don't have to commit to anything to get access to your family name information.

Just to give you a hint about the cool stuff that's available -- I checked on the Brick name. As far as we know, it first came to the U.S. via three brothers from Ireland, who immigrated from County Cork and founded Bricktown, NJ. Obviously, based on name meaning, it's a little more complicated than that.

What can you find out about your name?

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Brick Name Meaning

Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Bruic ‘descendant of Broc’, i.e. ‘Badger’ (sometimes so translated) or Ó Bric ‘descendant of Breac’, a personal name meaning ‘freckled’.English: possibly, as Reaney suggests, a nickname from Old English br¯ce ‘fragile’, ‘worthless’.German: topographic name for someone who lived in a swampy wood, brick, breck ‘swamp’, ‘wood’.Jewish (Ashkenazic): from Yiddish brik ‘bridge’, probably a topographic name.Altered spelling of German Brück (see Bruck).In some cases it may be an altered spelling of Slovenian Bric, regional name for someone from the hilly region of western Slovenia called Brda, a plural form of brdo ‘rising ground’.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

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