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What's in a name

Added: Dec 19, 2015
Category: Stuff Eric & Janet Recommend

What’s in a name?

Well I had a pleasant surprise for Trogdon! Turns out its an old English name originating in Lancashire England in the 16thcentury meaning enclosed village! We even have a coat of arms in yellow and black, indicating that our ancestors had titles and that they were entertainers of some sort probably in music!

How did I found out? Rather quickly when I knew where to look! Tucked away in a tiny corner store on King St nestled in beside Balzac’s Coffee Shop and across from the Prince of Wales Hotel is the Name Tree. I had the good fortune to speak directly with the proprietor, Peter Lootsma. I received a very friendly Niagara-on-the-Lake welcome and within 5 minutes there was all this information about my husband’s family name.   We knew the history once William Trogdon landed in America, but nothing prior.   What an exciting find and such a pleasant time!

I was searching for something fun for my husband for Christmas and now I have it! The Name Tree offers all sorts of ways to display your family history and its coat of arms, from framing, to embroidery to door knockers they have it all!

One really great idea for a wedding present is to get the couples history on one document with the coat of arms all nicely framed! The presentation I saw was beautiful! Its nice to have something so personal and unique.

Peter and his wife, Sharon, have been doing this for over 25 years and you can imagine the changes they have seen in technology and now how easy it is to find information for them, because they have the expertise and the data base!   I wasn’t surprised to learn that we are the first Trogdon search for them, it’s not that common here, but go to the heart of North Carolina, and the town of Asheboro is ‘eat up with them’ as my husband would say.

Honestly I really didn’t have any idea of what I could walk out with.   To my delight it was so easy to purchase and Peter was a delight to speak with! I am so happy that I did this, because now it can be next years present to some of my husband’s family.   Next time I go to see Peter at the Name Tree I will look up my maiden name, Wissenz. It will be a bit more of a challenge because my maiden name was “anglofied” when my grandfather came over prior to WW2 from Romania. Although my grandfather was fluent in 6 languages including English, he could not write it, so the clerk of records wrote down the spelling we use today when Granddad landed in Halifax.

In addition to the name search and getting memorabilia, Peter has a fine selection of period pistols, rifles, swords and other specialty items. So if you are ever wondering what to do in Niagara-on-the-Lake this is an interesting, educational and fun experience!

I highly recommend it! But shhhhhh, its still a secret until Christmas!

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