Etymology of Surnames

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Blog entry by John posted 04-29-2012 09:24 PM 1336 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch


I know Turners and Carvers and Coopers.

Smiths and Tanners and Carpenters.

Sawyers and even Wrights.

But I never met a Joiner.

Besides FloJo of Olympic fame, I’ve never heard of anyone named Joiner.

A friend if mine who’s a turner named Tanner (seriously) got a big kick out of this and says this is proof that joiners never get l**d; I retorted that I think it’s proof that joiners work harder (admittedly weak).

Anyone care to ponder… or at least help me come up with a better rejoinder?

-- John - Central PA -

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#1 posted 04-29-2012 09:35 PM

My last name supposedly means broken tree does that count ? :))

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#2 posted 04-29-2012 10:12 PM

I know two brothers that are remodeling contractors and their last name is Joiner.
I have a friend named Hammer…but he is a musician.
Used to date a gal named Sandy yers ago..she was a bit rough around the edges.

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#3 posted 04-30-2012 01:15 AM

My last name is faller. i just found out it comes from someone that lives by a waterfall. i had always figured it was from a person who falls logs.

-- Gritty Roots i can build anything as long as i have 2 things the internet and my father-in-law

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#4 posted 04-30-2012 12:50 PM

I had a friend years ago named Jim Joiner.

-- Rodman

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#5 posted 04-30-2012 06:07 PM

my name means “wild goose” so you all have me beat

Jim I think broken tree is a great woodworking name – breaking trees down into usable stuff!

-- John - Central PA -

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