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SuuT
Friday, January 26th, 2007, 12:51 AM
I met an individual today with an interesting last name: Etnyre.

Does anyone know the origin of this surname?



Austrian? Hungarian?

Ĉmeric
Friday, January 26th, 2007, 01:19 AM
Probably an Anglized German or Swiss-German surname. Maybe from Eitniear.
A quick search at http://www.FamilySearch.org shows it has been in America since colonial times.

Oswiu
Friday, January 26th, 2007, 01:33 AM
Looks to me as if some illiterate somewhere down the line messed up their perfectly ordinary Scotch MacIntyre, and then dropped the Mac to sound more Anglo!

< Mac an tSaor = Son of the Carpentar.

SuuT
Friday, January 26th, 2007, 12:00 PM
:D FUNNY! - these were my first two thoughts, in reverse order.

I see the person again today - I'll ask flat-out.