What Does Your Last Name Mean?
An Internet Hotlist on Last Names
created by Mrs, Cinco in partnership with Mrs. Dallanegra
Sagamore Middle School
| Notable American Immigrants
Names are symbols. Most words are symbols but what names symbolize is unique.
Hundreds of other people may have the same last name, but none of them is just like you! Who else could have your past, your hopes, your fears, your sorrows, your joys?
The name you carry means something special, something particular, something that is you. Your name also represents all other members of your family. It makes you aware of yourself as somebody different from everyone else and at the same time as belonging to a group---your family.
At some point in their lives, most people want to learn more about their families.
As you study immigration and look at the immigrants who crossed shores to land on Ellis Island, think about your heritage (your family name(s)). What does your family name mean? Interview older family members. Has your family name changed?
Enjoy your research. This is the study of 'genealogy.'
The Internet Resources
Notable American Immigrants
- Culture Grams - This is a database from our Virtual Reference Collection. You will need our user name and password to use the database. See Mrs. Cinco if you need help. Click onto either World Edition or Kids Edition to begin your research.
Content by Mrs, Cinco in partnership with Mrs. Dallanegra, firstname.lastname@example.org
Last revised Thu Jun 26 7:04:17 US/Pacific 2014