I have really been working the genealogy lately, and have been astounded as to from where my family(s) come.My surname is from a little town in the Rhine river valley called Bad Bergzaben. That family came to the US through New Orleans about 1836. His mother's branch is most definitely Irish. I can trace it back to the 17th Century in Wicklow (spelling?).Mom's side originally was from an area about 25 miles away from Dad's side, though on the Alsace plateau. However, before they came to the Colonies (in 1700), they spent a generation in England. And her mother's side I can trace back to the middle 17th century to Bermuda. I haven't yet traced it to Europe, but the root name is either Welsh or Manx.