Useless Bits of Information!
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Surnames —or last names — did not come into use until around the 11th Century in Europe. There are four general groups of surnames: those based on occupation (like Baker or Weaver), those based on place names or geographical features (such as Goodland or Hill), names coming from nicknames or appearance (like Brown or Little), and those that are patronymic, meaning based upon the father’s name (such as McAndrew, meaning “son of Andrew” ).
In 1563, if you lived openly as husband and wife and there were children conceived by the adulterers (Notour adultery) it was a capital offence!
Great-aunt or great-uncle is a lot like second cousin: It’s common practice for people to call their grandparents’ siblings by these terms, just as they often refer to first cousins’ children as second cousins—but neither is technically correct.
The proper term for your relationship to your brother’s grandchildren is 'grandaunt' or 'granduncle' just like grandparent. Grand means that the relatives in question are two generations removed from one another.
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