En réponse à John Cowan : > > which anyway has various orthographies. Besides "Grandsire" (and I know at > > least another "Grandsire" family completely unrelated to us), you find > > also "Grandsir", "Grandcir" and "Grancir". > >This certainly doesn't surprise me. The 18th-century novelist Henry Fielding >(a name of straightforward etymology: dweller in the field) was talking >with his distant relative the Earl of Denbigh about how the Earl's family >name came to be "Feilding" rather than "Fielding". "I know not, my Lord," >said Fielding, "unless it be that our branch of the family was the first >to learn how to spell." LOL. I also forgot to add that the best I could find about the etymology of my name is that it would be related to the name of a stream of water (maybe a small river). There's also the common etymology that it would simply mean "high lord" (that's the direct etymology of the word cut into "grand sire"), and would have appeared as a pejorative surname for someone who acted a bit too much with his nose in the wind ;)) . But this is only speculation, as we actually don't know when that lastname first appeared (and it seems quite old). Christophe Grandsire. http://rainbow.conlang.free.fr You need a straight mind to invent a twisted conlang.