Archive for May, 2014
All my life, my mother has told me that our family is “English, Irish, German and Holland-Dutch” …. Funny thing is, my father says the same thing.
Thanks to research (most of which done at Ancestry.com) I’ve found the English (both sides, although Mom’s is more documented), the Irish (I have a Great-Grandmother on Dad’s side who was born in Ireland – but no other information), the German (mostly documented on Dad’s side but I have some records on Mom’s side) and PLENTY of Dutch (Holland) on Dad’s side (but nothing from Mom’s side yet).
English – Pelton, Way(e), Mann
Irish – (wife of) Mann
Germany – Wetzold, Fleischhauer
Holland – Blauvelt
Those are the MAIN surnames I am looking into. There are obviously plenty of offshoots though. I realized recently that I really don’t know ANYTHING about Holland.
Holland is a region and former province located on the western coast of the Netherlands. The name Holland is also frequently used as a pars pro toto to refer to the whole of the country of the Netherlands. This usage is generally accepted, but some individuals, particularly from the other parts of the Netherlands, dislike the use of “Holland” as a substitute for “the Netherlands”.
From the 10th to the 16th century, Holland proper was a unified political region within the Holy Roman Empire as acounty ruled by the Counts of Holland. By the 17th century, Holland had risen to become a maritime and economic power, dominating the other provinces of the newly independent Dutch Republic.
Today, the former County of Holland roughly consists of the two Dutch provinces of North Holland and South Holland, which together include the Netherlands’ three largest cities: the capital city of Amsterdam; the seat of government of The Hague; and Rotterdam, home of Europe’s largest port.