REMODELLING THE FAMILY NAME IN TWENTIETH CENTURY NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR: IDENTITY, CONTEST AND HUMOUR

Philip Hiscock

Abstract


IN THE 20th CENTURY, thousands of Newfoundlanders engaged in a kind of identity management through the phonic re-construction of their surnames, in an attempt to bring their family name in line with their contemporary desires for controlled connotations. This article examines cases of this surname re-modelling.

Keywords


onomastics; family names; Newfoundland; language; English

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