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A name can tell you a lot about a person, but how many of us know the exact meaning and origins of our last names?

For instance, did you know that the surname Short may originally have been awarded to people simply as a nickname because they were, in fact, very small, or that as many as a quarter of the 20,000 most common surnames in Britain and Ireland are derived from a description of a family relationship, such as Dawson, for example, which means David's son.

Traditionen tro blev årets Koldingbog lanceret onsdag. 

Denne gang handler bogen om Koldings tid som industrisamfund, og hvordan fabrikker som Georg Jensen Damask, Brdr. Volkerts fabrikker og Kolding Strømpefabrik har sat deres præg på nutidens moderne samfund.

- Fortiden og fremtiden er et produkt af fortiden. Den måde vi lever på i dag, afspejler vores fællesfortid som industrisamfund.

Leder og arkivarved Lokalhistorisk Arkiv i Ringe, Jacob Bang Jensen, fylder 85 år.

I 1979 stiftede Jacob Bang Jensen sammen med Ringe Bibliotek og Ringe Museum en Lokalhistorisk Forening og grundlagde et arkiv i Ringe, og det har han selv været leder af lige siden.

Godt hjulpet af fru Käthe Lindequist Jensen, og arkivlokalerne oppe over Ringe Biblitek er deres andet hjem.

Owen Brennan, father of CIA Director John Brennan and a native of County Roscommon, was once a blacksmith in his native land. He worked for an Anglo-Irish family, the McCalmonts, in what is now the Mount Juliet Estate, complete with plush hotel and golf course, in County Kilkenny. Owen slept upstairs from the stables in a loft.

Entering the Big House was forbidden, especially for a lowly blacksmith who was expected to know his station.

Michael Fassbender may currently be one of the world’s most famous and sought-after actors, but he still remembers the moment when he discovered he could act – when he was playing an ugly stepsister in a school production of "Cinderella" in his hometown of Killarney, Co. Kerry.

Gushing is the only way to describe the Hollywood star during his return home to Killarney last week to receive the town’s highest honor, The Order of Inisfallen.

The long history of Irish immigration to the United States is mixed. In 1928, two of my grandmother's brothers left Ireland for America. They never returned.

The elder was Tommy, 19, and the younger Edward, 16. He was known as Eddie and signed himself Ned. They were Mulligans, my mother's uncles. Their full names were Thomas Patrick Aloysius and Edward Mulligan, of Moyne, County Longford.

The long history of Irish immigration to the United States is mixed. In 1928, two of my grandmother's brothers left Ireland for America. They never returned.

The elder was Tommy, 19, and the younger Edward, 16. He was known as Eddie and signed himself Ned. They were Mulligans, my mother's uncles. Their full names were Thomas Patrick Aloysius and Edward Mulligan, of Moyne, County Longford.

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