New Year Greetings to Nico in Holland and Mamie in Pennsylvania, and you other ATEN researchers, from Kathy in Colorado, USA
I have been away from the forum for quite some time, too busy with other family names and teaching others how to do genealogy research at a local college.
I have read Nico and Mamie's email exchanges with interest.Nico, I have visited with Mamie and Richard in person and they are two wonderful people and have done so much to contribute to the ATEN/EATON family research here in the USA.
I have another thought to throw into this brew.In the mid-1600's many English went to the Netherlands to escape religious persecution.Since Surnames were just beginning to come into use in some areas about that time, I am wondering if there might be a possibility of English roots.In England the usage of "at te" meaning "at the" introduced surnames of location.My hypothesis is that the name might have developed from an English name such as "At te Post or Gate or Glen", and the last part of the name was dropped when they reached the Netherlands.Would like your thoughts.
My maternal grandmother was an ATEN and Mamie knows how I have struggled to connect her grandfather, John ATEN, to his father in Pennsylvania.I believe that his father was Cornelius, but I have been unable to find any proof, because it was said that John was disowned by his father for marrying someone out of their religion.John ended up in Louisiana from Pennsylvania.After John's death, an older married sister of my great-grandfather, Henry Clay ATEN, took him to Texas when he was 8 yrs old, where he grew to manhood and became a well-known Texas cowboy.
The pronunciation of ATEN, sounds like you would say "auh", like what the doctor would have you say when he is examining your throat!We always pronounced it with a long A sound, like we ate dinner.
All very interesting.I'll try to keep closer tabs on this string.Please note that I have a new email address