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If your last name's orgin is Dutch, are you Dutch?

My last name is Landers, and i did some research and it says it was dutch, but as far as i knew, were not dutch...so.? Nobody changed there name...judge j

Asked By: Brylee Mae - 1/30/2012
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It is a clue that at least one of your 16 great great grandparents was Dutch, but only a clue. Most African-Americans have English surnames, but they are not English. Many white people named Miller, which is English, descend from Germans named Mueller, which means "Miller" in English. If you come from a long line of... More
Answered By: Ted Pack - 1/30/2012
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Uh no. I could change my last name to Wang, but that wouldn't make me Chinese.
Answered By: Judge Judy - 1/30/2012
 
Surnames do not prove your ancestry.It would certainly indicate some ancestry from the Netherlands. However undetstand you have 2 parents,4 grandparents and it doubles each generation you go back. Chances are only one person in each generation would be a Landers, All your ancestors make up who you are,not just the... More
Answered By: Shirley T - 1/30/2012
 
It is possible that somewhere back in the past you have a Dutch ancestor, but very few Landers in the census were born in Holland... More
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Answered By: Joyce B - 1/30/2012
 
"as far as I knew... More
Answered By: wendy c - 1/30/2012
 
No it means that the ORIGIN of the name is Dutch. If you look at the history of the Netherlands you will find that over time since about the 5th century Holland or the Netherlands as is the correct name has been 1. A Frankish Kingdom... More
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Answered By: Observer - 1/30/2012
 
See http://www.houseofnames.com/lander-family-crest which says German, Jewish, Scottish... More
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Answered By: Nothingusefullearnedinschool - 2/1/2012
 
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