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Mixed-up Names
By Terry Spear
Saturday, February 17, 2007

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True genealogy tale about how names can be changed.

Do you ever have a preconceived notion of a person’s nationality because of the spelling of their name? I’m always fascinated with names and their origins because of the genealogy research I do. But one day I was scheduled to see a doctor by the name of Sing or Singh. My primary care doctor scheduled the specialist for me, so I never saw the spelling of his name. So of course I assumed he was either Middle Eastern or Asian.

Imagine my surprise when I saw a blue-eyed, blond doctor, neither a Middle Easterner or an Asian! I just had to know what his story was, so I asked.

He laughed. “Most of my colleagues tease me about loving Asian food,” he said. And then he related his story:
“During the Civil War my family was from Tennessee, and the name was Singleterry. One part of the family fought for the North and one for the South. My direct ancestors were so mad at the others, they dropped part of their name and from then on were known as the Sing family.”

And that’s one reason it’s so hard to discover family roots!!!

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