My name is Thomas Roderick. I have been lerking in the distance for
awhile now, still sifting through my 1000+ letters since I was without my
modem for two months. It's hard keeping up with past mail while getting 50+
pieces just from this list every day (but I'm hanging in there). I work as
a Music & Art Archivist/Engineer for Brentwood Music here in Nashville, TN.
My hobbies include music (writing, performing, baritone in the Nashville
Symphony Chorus, Celtic to rock), computers, cars &
Arthurian/Celtic/Fantasy/SciFi literature. I too am interested in a list of
schools that offer Celtic studies courses both here & abroad. Someday I
hope (dreams sometimes do turn into reality) to own a home in Ireland.
Could anyone provide me with info on some family names? My mother's
side (Cobine) came over from Ireland in the (late?) 1840's. I have found
that one of them, George Cobine (who is probably my great-grandfather's
uncle), came over from Co. Monaghan. I have yet to find the name in any
name book, but when I was in London a few years back, I found two, & also
have found four in Queensland, Australia. This leads me to believe that the
name wasn't Americanized. I'm trying to track down a Boston marriage
certificate from 1850. My grandmother's side, Willis, we think came from
Wales or Scotland.
Dad's side we believe is Welsh, (Roderick/Rhodri/Rhyddrech) & his
mother's side, Munroe, Scottish. His side never talked much about their
ancestry (except that they did come from somewhere in England), & because of
the commonness of our last name, I've practically given up searching. I
have heard of the White Book of Rhydderch, but have not found it yet. I do
have a copy of the Mabinogion, so I assume that Rhydderch was an early
historian? Somewhere I read that he had three sons with whom he divided his
land up for inheritence? The book didn't elaborate, so it leaves me
wondering what the significance was. I appreciate any help that this great
list can provide! Thanks!
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