Famous J2 Individuals


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Nick Donofrio - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nick_Donofrio

"Like many Americans, Nick Donofrio, IBM Executive Vice President, Innovation and Technology, knew his ancestors came from somewhere else. In his case, his grandparents came from Southern Italy to New York City. What he didn't know was that their forebears had settled in remote mountains in the Middle East 10,000 to 20,000 years ago."I never would have imagined the results," Nick says. "They're really kind of amazing." Analysis of Nick's DNA found he belonged in the Haplogroup J2."
Nick Donofrio - IBM Executive Vice President, Innovation and Technology.

Mike Nichols - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mike_Nichols

"Mike Nichols belongs to Y-DNA haplogroup J2a1b."

dr. Mehmet Oz - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mehmet_Oz

"Dr. Mehmet Oz belongs to Y-DNA haplogroup J2a1b."

John Lorimer Worden - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Lorimer_Worden

"John Lorimer Worden of the U.S. Navy, commanding officer of U.S.S. Monitor in the Battle of Hampton Roads, first historical confrontation between iron made ships, as member of main lineage of Worden family, is supposed to belong to Y-DNA haplogroup J2b2. "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_haplogroups_of_notable_people

The Rothschilds - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rothschild_family

"The Rothschilds belongs to Y-DNA haplogroup J2"

John J. Curtin - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Curtin

"Thus we find that our two famous political Curtin/MacCurtain men are from two different haplogroups. Thomas MacCurtain, Lord Mayor of Cork, was in the R1b1 group, while John Curtin, Prime Minister of Australia, was from a Feale Valley J2 group."Curtin Clan - Curtin, Origin and History of the Name.

Matt Lauer - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matt_Lauer

"Matt Lauer belongs to Y-DNA haplogroup J2."http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_haplogroups_of_notable_people
Thanks for starting this thread. That's very interesting, even though I only know the Rothschilds so far.
Nick Donofrio. (Confirmed)


Nick Donofrio - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nick_Donofrio

"Nick Donofrio joined IBM in 1967 and spent 41 years at the company before his retirement in October 2008. He spent the early part of his career in integrated circuit and chip development as a designer of logic and memory chips, and held numerous technical management positions before leading several of IBM’s product divisions—eventually becoming executive vice president of innovation and technology. Donofrio’s technical and management experience prepared him to oversee IBM’s efforts in the Genographic Project, which named him to the project’s Advisory Board. He is the holder of seven technology patents, and is a member of numerous technical and science honor societies. In 2002, Donofrio was recognized by Europe's Institution of Electrical Engineers with the Mensforth International Gold Medal for outstanding contributions to the advancement of manufacturing engineering. In 2008, IBM Chairman Sam Palmisano elected Donofrio IBM Fellow, the company's highest technical honor."

"Like many Americans, Nick Donofrio, IBM Executive Vice President, Innovation and Technology, knew his ancestors came from somewhere else. In his case, his grandparents came from Southern Italy to New York City. What he didn't know was that their forebears had settled in remote mountains in the Middle East 10,000 to 20,000 years ago."I never would have imagined the results," Nick says. "They're really kind of amazing." Analysis of Nick's DNA found he belonged in the Haplogroup J2."
Nick Donofrio - IBM Executive Vice President, Innovation and Technology.


"Nick Donofrio, executive VP of innovation and technology at IBM, which is partnering with National Geographic on the Genographic Project, is a proud Italian. He was stunned when his Y test came back saying he was a member of haplogroup J2,... meaning his ancestors had lived in the Middle East some 10,000 to 20,000 years ago. "You could have pushed me over with a feather," he says. After Donofrio announced his results on IBM's Web site, his in box started filling up with J2 colleagues. "A lot of Armenians have been sending me e-mails saying 'J2 rocks!' "

"Nick Donofrio belongs to Y-DNA haplogroup J2."

"Nick Donofrio belongs to Y-DNA haplogroup J2."




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Mike Nichols. (Confirmed)


Mike Nichols - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mike_Nichols

"Mike Nichols (born Mikhail Igor Peschkowsky; November 6, 1931) is a German-born American television, stage and film director, writer, producer and comedian. He began his career in the 1950s with the improv troupe, the Compass Players, predecessor of the Second City in Chicago and as one half of the comedy duo Nichols and May, along with Elaine May. May was also in the Compass. In 1968 he won the Academy Award for Best Director for the film The Graduate. His other noteworthy films include Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Carnal Knowledge, Silkwood, Working Girl, Closer and the TV mini-series Angels in America. He also staged the original theatrical productions of Barefoot in the Park, Luv, The Odd Couple and Spamalot. Nichols is one of a small group of people who have won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony Award. His other honors include the Lincoln Center Gala Tribute in 1999, the National Medal of Arts in 2001,[1] the Kennedy Center Honors in 2003 and the AFI Life Achievement Award in 2010."

"Mike Nichols belongs to Y-DNA haplogroup J2a1b."

"Mike Nichols belongs to Y-DNA haplogroup J2a1b."

"On his Fathers side, his Y-DNA falls into the haplogroup J2a1b."
Faces of America - Mike Nichols.
http://books.google.nl/books?id=meY...onepage&q=faces of america nichols j2&f=false



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dr. Mehmet Oz. (Confirmed)


dr. Mehmet Oz - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mehmet_Oz

Mehmet Cengiz Öz (Turkish: [mehˈmet dʒenˈɟiz øz]; born June 11, 1960), also known as Dr. Oz, is a Turkish-American cardiothoracic surgeon, author, and television personality. Oz first appeared on the The Oprah Winfrey Show in 2004, and later on Larry King Live and other TV programs. In 2009, The Dr. Oz Show, a daily television program focusing on medical issues and personal health was launched by Winfrey's Harpo Productions and Sony Pictures. .... Time magazine ranked Oz at 44th on its list of the "100 Most Influential People in 2008" and Esquire magazine placed him on its list of the "75 Most Influential People of the 21st Century". He was called a Global Leader of Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum and one of "The Harvard 100 Most Influential Alumni" by 02138 magazine. He won the Gross Surgical Research Scholarship. He was listed in "Doctors of the Year" by Hippocrates magazine and in "Healers of the Millennium" by Healthy Living magazine. Oz is annually listed in the Castle Connolly Guide of the top United States doctors, as well as other ranking groups noted below.

"Dr. Mehmet Oz belongs to Y-DNA haplogroup J2a1b."

"Dr. Mehmet Oz belongs to Y-DNA haplogroup J2a1b."

"Turning to his Father`s Line, I told him that his paternal haplogroup is J2a1b, which is also referred to as J2a4b."
Faces of America - Mehmet Oz.
http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=... Oz haplogroup J2a1b faces of america&f=false


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John Lorimer Worden. (Confirmed)


John Lorimer Worden - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Lorimer_Worden

John Lorimer Worden (March 12, 1818 – October 19, 1897) was a U.S. rear admiral who served in the American Civil War. He commanded Monitor against the Confederate vessel Virginia (originally named Merrimack) in first battle of ironclad ships in 1862. Fort Worden, located in Port Townsend, Washington and four United States Navy ships have been named USS Worden for him. The parade field at the United States Naval Academy is named in his honor.


USS Worden

"John Lorimer Worden of the U.S. Navy, commanding officer of U.S.S. Monitor in the Battle of Hampton Roads, first historical confrontation between iron made ships, as member of main lineage of Worden family, is supposed to belong to Y-DNA haplogroup J2b2."

"John Lorimer Worden of the U.S. Navy, commanding officer of U.S.S. Monitor in the Battle of Hampton Roads, first historical confrontation between iron made ships, as member of main lineage of Worden family, is supposed to belong to Y-DNA haplogroup J2b2."



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The Rothschilds.


The Rothschilds - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rothschild_family

Mayer Amschel Rothschild (23 February 1744 – 19 September 1812) was a German banker and the founder of the Rothschild banking dynasty, which is believed to have become the wealthiest family in human history. Referred to as the "founding father of international finance," Rothschild was ranked seventh on the Forbes magazine list of "The Twenty Most Influential Businessmen of All Time" in 2005.

The Rothschild family /ˈrɒθs.tʃaɪld/, also known as the Rothschilds, is a family descending from Mayer Amschel Rothschild, who established his banking business in the 1760s, in the Free City of Frankfurt. Rothschild established an international banking dynasty through his five sons, that came even to surpass the most powerful families of the era such as the Barings and the Berenbergs. Five lines of the Austrian branch of the family have been elevated to Austrian nobility, being given five hereditary titles of Barons of the Habsburg Empire by Emperor Francis II in 1816. Another line, of the British branch of the family, was elevated to British nobility at the request of Queen Victoria, being given the two hereditary titles of Baronet (1847) and Baron (1885).

"The Rothschilds belongs to Y-DNA haplogroup J2"
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John J. Curtin. (Confirmed)


John J. Curtin - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Curtin

John Joseph Curtin (8 January 1885 – 5 July 1945) was an Australian politician who was the 14th Prime Minister of Australia from 1941 to 1945 and the Leader of the Labor Party from 1935 to 1945. Having first formed a minority government in 1941, Curtin went on to lead Labor to its greatest ever election victory in 1943, winning two thirds of seats in the House of Representatives and over 58% of the two-party preferred vote. Curtin successfully led Australia through the period when the nation was directly threatened by the Japanese advance in World War II, and is today widely regarded as one of the country's greatest ever Prime Ministers. With the end of the war in sight, Curtin died in office on 5 July 1945 and was succeeded briefly by Frank Forde and then by Ben Chifley

"Thus we find that our two famous political Curtin/MacCurtain men are from two different haplogroups. Thomas MacCurtain, Lord Mayor of Cork, was in the R1b1 group, while John Curtin, Prime Minister of Australia, was from a Feale Valley J2 group."
Curtin Clan - Curtin, Origin and History of the Name.

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Matt Lauer. (Confirmed)


Matthew Todd "Matt" Lauer (born December 30, 1957) is an American television journalist best known as the host of NBC's The Today Show since 1996. He is also a contributor for NBC's Dateline NBC. He was previously a news anchor for The Today Show and for WNBC in New York City and a local talk-show host in Boston, Philadelphia, Providence and Richmond. He was also host of PM Magazine (or "Evening Magazine" 1980–86) and worked for ESPN in the 1980s as a sideline reporter. In the early 1990s, Lauer hosted segments of HBO Entertainment News.


November 2005 Family Tree DNA was featured on the Today Show because of their partnership with National Geographic's Genographic Project. On the show Matt Lauer, Al Roker, Katie Couric and Ann Curry had their haplogroups tested and explained by Genographic Project director Spencer Wells.

Matt Lauer - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matt_Lauer

"Matt Lauer belongs to Y-DNA haplogroup J2."

"Matt Lauer belongs to Y-DNA haplogroup J2."

"So, will Wolfgang Amadeus join the ranks of the famous past and present whose patrilineal or matrilineal haplogroup is recorded? So far we have Genghis Khan [Y: C*(xC3c)], Somerled [Y: R1a1], Thomas Jefferson [Y: K2], the Manchu dynast Nurhachi [Y: C3c] (*), the founder of the Uí Néill dynasty [Y: R1b], the Tyrolean Ice Man [K], Cheddar Man [mt: U5a], Tsar Nicolas [mt: T], Spencer Wells [Y: R1b], and of course none others than Matt Lauer [Y: J2]."


"Dr. Spencer Wells talks to the “Today” show’s Katie Couric, Matt Lauer, Ann Curry and Al Roker about a 5-year project launched by National Geographic and IBM to help people trace genetic lineage."
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Dr. Jagdish Kumar Saluja, Dr. 'Jack' Saluja. (Confirmed)


Dr. Jagdish Kumar Saluja (born January 14th, 1934 in Abdulapur, Jhelum Province, during the British Raj), known simply as Dr. ‘Jack’ Saluja, is one of the earliest members of the Saluja family to leave India’s shores and settle abroad. After completing his B.Sc. in Physics from St. Xavier College of Bombay, Dr. Saluja left for London by the boat named ‘Stratheden’ on December 18, 1955. From London he voyaged to New York on the ‘Queen Mary’ to arrive in the United States on January14, 1956. Dr. Saluja has degrees from the University of Michigan in Mathematics and Nuclear Engineering, as well as a PHD in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Florida in 1966. He has a variety of career achievements including being on the design team of the Juggernaut Research Nuclear Reactor at Argonne National Laboratory, designing the controls for the NERVA nuclear rocket engine during the Nixon administration, and being the Founder and President of Viking Systems International, a high-tech multi-disciplinary consulting firm addressing energy and engineering needs on a truly global basis (from 1977-1997).

"In fact, DNA Analysis suggests that Saluja’s belong to the DNA Haplogroup J2b, which has its origin in Greece. J2b (M12, M314, M221, M102), and is mainly found in the Balkans, Greece, Italy, and India (possibly from Neolithic Greeks)*****J2b1 (M205) - formerly J2b1b."
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Russian Nobility

Tatar Princes Bekhanids - J2b
Lithuanian Tatar Nobility - J2a (prince Chazbej Juszenski, b.ca.1440)
J2a Nobility - prince Vasiliy Asanov (Asanmurzin) 1552 Russia

Russian Nobility DNA.

Habsburg & Plantagenet

"Results are also contradicted by tests on a family that believes they descend from Emperor Franz Josef. They belong to haplogroup J2. These results are also confidential."
Habsburg Family DNA Project.

"The Plantagenets are a bit more difficult to predict as some speculate that they are related to the Carpetian kings of France and descended from Roman citizens in the haplogroup J2 or G2."
Y-DNA of the British Monarchy.
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Paul Fronczak (Confirmed)


The I-Team has an update tonight at 5 on the story about a mystery man named Paul Fronczak, who recently discovered through a DNA test that he is NOT the person he thought he was. It started with the sensational kidnapping of a one-day old baby back in 1964 and a heart-breaking "reunion" two years later. Our stories about Fronczak's efforts to find his true identity have generated media interest all over the world. Now, some new developments. We have some additional leads based on new DNA tests, and some surprising news about someone else who has joined the investigation.

The FBI's Chicago bureau has announced it is reopening their investigation into the Fronczak case after locating significant information dating to the baby's original kidnapping from a Chicago hospital. "It was deemed appropriate to take a fresh look at the evidence that we have and possibly re-interview sources that are still around," FBI spokesperson Joan Hyde told the Chicago Tribune. Paul Fronczak, today a grown Nevada man who was found abandoned as a baby at a Newark store, may still not know where he came from but he does feel closer to knowing. After taking a DNA test earlier this year revealing that he is not his Fronczaks' biological son he's uncovered a few additional clues of his own with the help of Ancestry.com, the world's largest genealogy company.

"Paul's Y chromosome haplogroup is J2 (paternal lineage)"
Ancestry Twitter.
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Roman Nobility

Bruttius, Bretius, Bretz.

"Sometime prior to that a Bretz ancestor must have come into Germany from the south, from Italy or Greece. Some researchers have suggested a family connection to Fabius Bretius, a Roman General, who came from the districts of Capua and Taranto in southern Italy to the town Trier, Germany around 224. Whether this connection is genuine or not, and it is impossible to know for sure, perhaps Roman conquests did bring Bretz DNA north 1,800 years ago as they did with so many other things. For some additional thoughts on the possible Latin origins of the family, also read the Genealogia Bretius."
Bretz Family, Haplogroup J2.

"Although the Bretz surname is clearly Germanic in its modern form, there are clues that its origin might extend back to antiquity. References from history, literature, and surname research have offered possible connections to a beginning in Italia. What is most exciting about these ideas are that they are now supported by the Bretz Y-DNA testing, which exposes a Mediterranean nature for the family....... And what of the proper name Bretius, is there anything to be learned of it? The account of Fabius Bretius indicates that he came from the south of Italy near Capua, where there was in fact a Roman family clan of the Imperial period which had a very similar name. The clan was called Bruttius, also spelled Brittius, Brettius, etc. (Greek: Βρύττιος), and it was particularly widespread in the south, including around Capua. Given the name's similarity to Bretius or Britius, and it's location, it is certainly concievable that Fabius could have belonged to this clan. The timing is also correct as no records of the Roman clan name are found prior to the Imperial period, and individuals of this name date between 100-300, the time of Fabius in Trier."
Genealogica Bretius.


Popilius, Popilia, Pople.

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Basarab Dynasty, (Vlad III The Impaler). Unconfirmed!

"Vlad III The Impaler, also known as Dracula, descended from the dynasty of Basarab, the first rulers of independent Wallachia, in present Romania. Whether this dynasty is of Cuman (an admixed Turkic people that reached Wallachia from the East in the 11th century) or of local Romanian (Vlach) origin is debated among historians. Earlier studies have demonstrated the value of investigating the Y chromosome of men bearing a historical name, in order to identify their genetic origin. ...... The Basarab sample clusters into 11 lineages (Table 2), with six main lineages comprising 82.8% of the samples. Some lineages such as J-M241 and E-V13 are over-represented in the Basarab compared to the general Romanians."
Y-Chromosome Analysis in Individuals Bearing the Basarab Name of the First Dynasty of Wallachian Kings.

Lineage 6. J2b2 M241.

Lineage 9. J2a2 M67.

Cristopher Columbus. Unconfirmed!


"According to most historians, Christopher Columbus was born in Genoa, Italy. However, based on some key facts in the discoverer's biography, as well as in the linguistic analysis of his texts, some historians and linguists believe that Columbus could have been of Catalan origin. A Ligurian Columbus would have carried the Colombo surname, whereas he would have been called Colom if he were Catalan. ...In order to test whether it would be possible to discriminate between a Ligurian or a Catalan origin were Columbus' Y-chromosome haplotype to be retrieved, we genotyped 17 Y-chromosome STRs in 238 Spanish (from Catalonia, Valencia, and the Balearic Islands) and French Colom men, and 114 North Italian Colombo (from Liguria, Lombardy, and Piedmont)."
Surname and Y chromosome in Southern Europe: a case study with Colom/Colombo

AJ Jacobs (Confirmed!)

AJ Jacobs was on today's "Dr Oz" show talking about genealogy and how it helps your health to know your family history. He shared that he and Dr. Oz are haplogroup J2.


"Hello all! I'm a writer of several non-fiction books (including 'The Year of Living Biblically' and 'Drop Dead Healthy.' My next book is about genealogy and tracing my roots. And for the finale of the book, I plan to throw the largest family reunion in history. You're invited! All seven billion members of the human family are welcome. ... AJ Jacobs's DNA has been tested for genealogical purposes. It may be possible to confirm family relationships by comparing test results with AJ or other carriers of his ancestors' Y-chromosome or mitochondrial DNA. Y-chromosome DNA test-takers in his direct paternal line on WikiTree: AJ Jacobs - Family Tree DNA yDNA 111 markers Haplogroup J-PF5456."
Wikitree - AJ Jacobs.

"Arnold Stephen "A. J." Jacobs, Jr. (born March 20, 1968) is an American journalist, author, and lecturer best known for writing about his lifestyle experiments. He is the editor at large for Esquire and has worked for the Antioch Daily Ledger and Entertainment Weekly."

"A.J. is a journalist, lecturer, human guinea pig and author of four New York Times bestsellers."


https://www.ted.com/talks/aj_jacobs_the_world_s_largest_family_reunion_we_re _all_invited


Friedrich Engelhorn (Confirmed)

J2a. As discussed in the J2 Y-DNA Project and the German language area DNA research project.

Friedrich Engelhorn (17 July 1821 – 11 March 1902) was a German industrialist and founder of BASF in Ludwigshafen.



"From this family comes Friedrich Engelhorn (founder of BASF ), Georg Engelhorn (founder of the Mannheim fashion house Engelhorn & Sturm ), Curt Engelhorn (former owner of the Mannheim company Boehringer ) and other respected citizens."
Hugh Montgomery, 1st Earl of Erlington (Confirmed)



"As identified in the Montgomery DNA Project records Sven Jacob Montgomery is in the J2 haplotype, and he is one of fifteen living Montgomerys who possess exactly matching DYS/STR counts at the 67 DYS analysis level and two at the 37 DYS analysis level. In addition there are twenty three Montgomerys in the Montgomery DNA Project records that differ from the exact matching seventeen in only one DYS (-1) at the 37 or 67 DYS analysis level. Sven’s DNA matching the other Montgomerys is considered to be unquestionable evidence that he is a genetic Montgomery family descendant. The identification of Sven Jacob’s ancestors that is recorded in this research description has been acquired from numerous sources including older Montgomery family histories and official records acquired from the Swedish House of Nobility. Although there are a couple of contradictions between the sources, the composite identification of each of Sven Jacob’s ancestors presented herein is accurate and complete within the limits of the sources. The ancestry begins with Hugh Montgomery, the 1st Earl of Eglinton, and progresses through his son the 1st Neil Montgomery of Lainshaw, his son the 2nd Neil of Lainshaw, and later to the Montgomery who emigrated to Sweden and his descendants. The identification of Sven Jacob’s ancestors presented herein establishes a coherent and logical sequence of descendants whose birth years and residence locations are reasonable in time and location. It is therefore the position of the MBWG that Sven Jacob's ancestry has been validated by the Group's independent research activities. Through genetic science it is known that the male DNA is passed unchanged from father to son. Based on this fact it is therefore reasonable to conclude that Sven Jacob inherited his DNA, unchanged, through each of the identified male Montgomerys in his ancestry. It is also reasonable to conclude that as the first Montgomery in Sven Jacob’s identified ancestry, the 1st Earl's DNA would be an exact match to Sven Jacob's DNA, including the haplotype and DYS/STR counts. Based on the evidence presented herein, it is the unanimous conclusion of the MBWG members that Sven Jacob Montgomery is a descendant of Hugh Montgomery, the 1st Earl of Eglinton."
Verification of the Ancestry of Sven Jacob Montgomery.

FTDNA Montgomery DNA Project

"I believe that the majority of participants in the Family Tree DNA Montgomery Surname DNA Project are J2 with an only slightly fewer number of participants being R1b1. There is one participant who is J2 with a strong paper trail connection to Hugh Montgomery, 1st Earl of Eglinton and from there, historical records provide evidence that the 1st Earl descends from Roger de Montgomerie, cousin of William the Conquerer."
john montgomeryNovember 17, 2013 at 1:00 AM

"The family held the castle of St. Foy de Montgomery, just south of Lisieux [Liseaux], in France. The village still exists and it was along a road near here that Field Marshall Erwin Rommel was strafed and badly injured by Allied fighters in WWII. Falaise, the birthplace of Duke William, was just to the west. One legend claims that Gomeric was a Viking, the son of Ingvar Ragnarson, the King of East Anglis and Northumberland. Gomeric settled in the Calvados area of Normandy and fortified a hill which gave the family its name - Mons Gomerici. Another part of the family, seeking deeper roots, claimed the name could be traced back to a Roman commander called Gomericus. Yet another, below, made the earliest members of the family part of the indigenous Frankish nobility of Normandy."

"A noble Roman was the root
from which Montgomeries came
who brought his legions from the war
and settled same upon a hill
twixt Rome and Spain
Gomericus by name
from which he and his offspring do
their sir-name still retain"

Narrative in rhyme from Glasgow, 1770 referring to the origin of the name Montgomery.
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