Family History

A family history can be a great blessing to you and to your posterity and those who come after you. You and they can learn from the events, thoughts, and growth in your life and in the lives of your ancestors, even from those things that may otherwise seem mundane. Among the reasons to create a family history are the following:
• People want to know who they are and where they come from.
• A family history can help you gain knowledge and appreciation for those who have gone before you, where and how they lived, why they made the choices they made, and how they shaped the family’s future.
• It will help you gain greater understanding of yourself and how you fit in the overall picture of your family.
• It will help preserve family stories for future generations.

The name "Saunders" is from Saxon origin in the British Isles. The word comes from the phrase, "belongs to Alexander." The shortened word, "Alexander's" pronounced without the "x" became "Alesanders's." Throughout the ages the word became Saunders, pronounced as "Sahnders" and finally written, Saunders. (Society of Genealogists, Kensington, England)

A surname which originates from the lands of Drymen in Stirlingshire, taken from the Gaelic 'dromainn', meaning 'high ground.' The Drummonds are alleged to descend from Yorik, a Hungarian prince who accompanied Princess Margaret Atheling to Scotland in 1068. The surname appears regularly as a witness in the early charters of the earls of Lennox, the first being Malcolm, Chamberlain of Lennox, who witnessed charters by Maldwin,3rd Earl of Lennox, between 1225 and 1270. Gilbert de Drummond of Dumbarton and Malcolm de Drummond swore allegiance to Edward I of England in 1296.

The surname Dunn has several different origins. In some cases it is an Anglicised form of the Irish surname Ó Duinn, meaning "grandson of Donn"; the Gaelic Donn was originally a byname, meaning "brown-haired" or "chieftain". Another origin of the surname Dunn is from the Middle English dunn, meaning "dark-coloured"; this name originated as a nickname for one with dark hair or skin. Another origin is from a habitative name, derived from Dun in Angus, Scotland; this place name is derived from the Scottish Gaelic dùn, meaning "fort". Another origin is from the Gaelic donn, meaning "brown"