Thanks, Willie. My parents thought--but did not know for sure--that the family originated from England...perhaps Wales...in the 1600s or 1700s... I live in Indianapolis. My parents were born in Kentucky. Their parents were born in Virginia or North Carolina...I think. There is a general assumption that the spelling of names varied with each generation because many people were illiterate...so they spelled names like they sounded....meaning that both our names could have been spelled differently a few hundred years ago.