Where do names originate from?
A quick example off the ‘top of my head’ —
FRANKLIN DELANO ROOSEVELT
Franklin = has a Middle English origin, meaning “Free landowner”.
Delano = de la Noye:[is of Old French origin][meanings: Of the night|Alder grove.]
* Respelling of French De la Noye, habitational name, with the preposition de, for someone from any of various places called La Noue or La Noë.
Roosevelt = [Dutch origin] meaning, from the ‘rose field’ [or field of roses]:
* An Anglicized version of the Dutch surname VAN ROSEVELT, meaning “of the rose field.”
From reading this you can see that Franklin D. Roosevelt had a varied genealogy — English, French, and Dutch (or German).
Also, from the readings I have been doing about various European Protestant groups, Scottish Crypto-Jews, Sephardic Jews, and French Huguenot surnames. Many of whom were ‘forced’ to leave Europe because of the differing religious or political views.
He could/can have very well had genetic/ancestral “ties” to many of these cultural/genetic groups.
I do know that he is a very distant cousin on my tree — plus he is related to many of the other (previous) presidents of the United States; either by blood or by marriage.
Just a quick note of what you can find out about historical figures (you did not already know) by doing extended family tree research, and surname origins.
— Cathy Ann Abernathy