I have to wait a few days to be allowed pre-1500 certification, but am so interested to discover how many ancestors were from Wales going back to the 1000's. I'm also confused about the meaning of different surnames, sometimes appearing to be given names that then become surnames for their children, with "ap" appearing in front of it. This is coming from familysearch.org, and some of the names have been repeated even though it's obvious it's the same person. So hopefully when my DNA results come back and if I can figure some more of this out, I can communicate more with some of you to share what I have and learn what you may have!
I always thought my Grandfather, Ray Lemuel Quinn, was of strictly Irish descent, but am discovering all this new, fun stuff with a bunch of "Sir" this-&-that, "Lady" this-&-that, and even some knights thrown in, and it's from Wales way back when. My Grandpa Quinn was a Prince of a man, though, so it doesn't surprise me. I hope to go back even further after the DNA results and maybe meet some of you, my very, very distant cousins out there.
The most riddling thing of all is that my husband's great-great-grandfather was a Thomas from Wales, and so far I've found several Thomas many-X-great-grandmothers of my own, so my husband & I possibly share an ancestor or two. :)
Blessings to all here. I'm looking forward to this adventure and learning experience.
~ Dale Lynn Thomas