Tag Archives: last name


Heddens vs. Heddings

BACKGROUND: A woman in Sacramento, California recalls an old family legend about the origins of their last name. According to her, her great grandpa and his brother had a huge fight over their inheritance after their parents died. The farm was left to be split amongst the two of them. The conflict didn’t arise from… Continue Reading »

How to Name Scottish Royalty

Context: Gathered from one of my roommates once he found out about my collection project. Background: My roommate comes from “a long lineage of Scottish kings and clan leaders of a certain group of isles.” The Tradition: In Scotland, the ritual for naming a child in a family line, particularly if they’re royalty, is to simply add the… Continue Reading »

Origin of a Name

D is a 57 year old man. He is a practicing cardiologist at a hospital in the northern suburbs of Illinois. He identifies as American as he grew up in Boston, but he strongly associates with his Scottish heritage as well. D completed his undergraduate studies at Dartmouth University and he attended Cornell University for his degree… Continue Reading »