Saturday, October 31, 2009

Hallowe'en Names

There are a number of families in the Rootsweb WorldConnect database at http://wc.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi that have surnames connected to Hallowe'en. For instance:

1) The GHOST surname - there are 448 entries, including the descendants of Philip Ghost of Westmoreland County PA - see 6 generations here. It looks like at least one GHOST from this family is still living.

2) The GOBLIN surname - there are 35 entries. It looks like there are no real GOBLIN family trees - only isolated GOBLIN women who married men with other surnames.

3) The SKELETON surname - there are 393 entries but few trees with many generations. Methinks these are mostly misspelled SKELTON people.

4) The FRANKENSTEIN surname - There are 967 entries, and most of them are of German origin. One family that settled in Rochester NY is here. There is one Frank N. Stein here.

5) The WITCH surname - there are 123 entries, but no long family lines in the database. Some of these are those accused of witchcraft.

6) The PUMPKIN surname - there are 68 entries, but no long family lines.

7) The HAUNT surname - there are only 4 entries, none with a family line.

8) The SPOOK surname - there are 11 entries, and only one with a three generation family. There are 32 entries for people with the first name of Spook and 25 for the first name of Spooky.

9) The GHOUL surname - there are 11 entries.

10) The JACKO surname has 271 entries.

11) The LANTERN surname has 284 entries. But there are no people named Jack O. Lantern.

12) There are 223 CAT surname entries and 10,209 CATT entries. There are no Black Cat names.

13) There are 16 SCARY surname entries - many of them still living. There are 69 entries for a given name of Scary.

14) There are 50 DRACULA entries, many of them are related to The Count.

15) There are 549 CEMETERY entries, some of them the name of actual cemetery databases.

16) There are 1,945 MONSTER entries. No Monster Mash, though. Or a Boris Pickett.

17) There are 670 SKULL entries.

18) There are 91 SPIRIT entries. There are 7 entries for a Holy Spirit with a spouse named Mary, with a child.

19) There are 3 entries for "Spider WEBB"

20) There are 182 entries for SCREECH surname. And 32 entries for a given name or nickname of Screech.

21) There are 4 entries for HALLOWEEN surname - even a Mary Halloween.

22) There are no VAMPIRE surname entries.

23) There are 16,241 BROOM surname entries.

24) There are 108 BAT surname entries, 14,491 BATT entries and 9,276 BATTY surname entries

25) There are no ZOMBIE surname entries or given name entries. Whew!

Enough!! What other Hallowe'en oriented surnames can you think of? Are they in WorldConnect?

Happy Hallowe'en!! Trick or Treat?

Yep - TRICK surname has 3,527 entries and TREAT surname has 53,027. entries!

FYI, Ancestry.com started this off with a press release back in 2006 with census entries - see the list here.

4 comments:

Apple said...

More fun than census whacking!

Jane said...

I have BATTS aancestors -- does that count?

Rebecca said...

I married into the BATTY family! My sorority sisters say I was always THAT crazy, LOL!

Heather Rojo said...

I've got some DEATHs in my family tree, (and not the vital records entries)