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Re: St. Clair and Sinclair spellings
In message <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Antonia Sinclair
>To Chris, Ray, and anyone else interested in a possible evolution of our name:
>While talking with Rebecca last week, she said her grandmother called her
>husband "Sinclair", the same way which we pronounce it "Sinkler" (accent on
>Sin!). It suddenly hit me that it might be possible that the St. Clairs who
>stayed in the Lothian/Rosslyn area of Scotland might prefer to keep the "French"
This is Jean Haddow replying to your question - now the whole idea of
anyone keeping a diffrent stress on the pronunciation of a name over so
many hundreds of years is very unlikely and has not ever to my
The pronunciation is Sinclair or,as you would undretsand, Sinkler (It
certainly isn't the spelling.)
>However, the ones who went north to Caithness may have started using a version
>which sounded more like a local name (note the many village names like Lybster,
>Brabster, Nybster, and Sibster.)
The local names like Lybster etc. derive from the Norse and the "STER"
ending to the name is Norse and means a dwelling place.
Should anyone else care to ask about name origins from some one actually
living in Scotland and with a fair knowledge of actual Sinclair
history, I'd be happy to reply although I should stress that I don't
claim to be an historian like the excellent Jean Grisby/ies of this
world with whom, quite sadly, I have no contact whatsoever.
>For those of you who know what part of Scotland your ancestors come from, does
>this work out at all? Jean Haddow, since you are in Scotland, do you notice any
>difference in the pronunciation between the northerners and the southerners?
>Just an idea I thought I'd pass on.
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