October 16, 2012 at 4:39 am #135074lostuponatimeParticipant
Okay … Help me out here. Cora is the Miller’s Daughter right? Right. So then why in all that is good and enchanted is her husband’s last name – Mills? Isn’t that like a woman with the last name Brown marrying a man with the last name Browne???
Thoughts … Or am i crazy?[adrotate group="5"]October 16, 2012 at 4:42 am #156864fairy dustParticipant
I wondered the same thing.October 16, 2012 at 4:52 am #156870youfoundmeParticipant
Wow interesting thought. I never would have realized that!October 16, 2012 at 5:20 am #156874PheeParticipant
Maybe she made him take her last name instead? Or maybe her last name wasn’t actually Mills, just because her father was a Miller, and it’s just coincidence that she ended up with a guy called Mills?October 16, 2012 at 8:32 am #156898surayyaParticipant
I always took it to mean her hubby was also in the milling business- he was just a wealthy miller or lord who owned many mills 😉October 16, 2012 at 4:37 pm #156940mujieParticipant
What makes you say all millers have the surname Mills?October 16, 2012 at 6:13 pm #156948LisaFromOHParticipant
I think that people in FTL/EF don’t have last names. But when Regina made a coffin for her father here, she had to put a last name on it so she just used the same one she’d chosen for herself to have in SB.October 16, 2012 at 9:40 pm #156964scaredcrow65Participant
I don’t personally believe her name in ftl is Regina Mills. I think it’s Regina something else or maybe jus Regina. I think when they were all transported she gave herself or was randomly assigned, depending on how the curse worked, the last name Mills. I think it was a connection to her previous life like Hopper to Jiminy and Ruby to Red. I think when he was alive Henry (her father) was never known as Henry Mills, but since she goes by Mills she naturally put a matching last name on her father’s tomb. But I could totally be wrong!October 16, 2012 at 11:14 pm #156967timespacerParticipant
I think that people in FTL/EF don’t have last names. But when Regina made a coffin for her father here, she had to put a last name on it so she just used the same one she’d chosen for herself to have in SB.
That’s right. Last names are a relatively recent invention of Western culture. Cora’s husband Henry had no last name. So when Regina (Or the curse? Or the writers?) needed a last name for her life in Storybrooke, she (Or it. Or they.) just chose “Mills” because of her connection to a miller.October 17, 2012 at 3:51 am #156986surayyaParticipant
What makes you say all millers have the surname Mills?
Because last names actually came about via ones occupation ie. “Smith” (blacksmith), “Eisenhauer” (iron worker, later Anglicized in America as “Eisenhower”) or “Schneider” (tailor) as well as more complicated names based on occupational titles.
In England it was common for servants to take a modified version of their employer’s occupation or first name as their last name, adding the letter “s” to the word, although this formation could also be a patronymic. For instance, the surname “Vickers” is thought to have arisen as an occupational name adopted by the servant of a vicar, while “Roberts” could have been adopted by either the son or the servant of a man named Robert.
A subset of occupational names in English are names thought to be derived from the medieval mystery plays. The participants would often play the same roles for life, passing the part down to their oldest sons. Names derived from this may include “King”, “Lord”, “Virgin”, and “Death”; the last is often wrongly thought to be an Anglicization of the French name “D’Ath”.
The other way last names came about was location- ie “Gorski” (Polish for “hill”) or “Pitt” (variant of “pit”), but may also refer to specific locations. “Washington”, for instance, is thought to mean “the homestead of the family of Wassa”, while “Lucci” likely means “resident of Lucca”.
Although some surnames (such as “London” or “Bialystok”) are derived from large cities, more people reflect the names of smaller communities, as in Ó Creachmhaoil, derived from a village in County Galway.
This is thought to be due to the tendency in Europe during the Middle Ages for migration to chiefly be from smaller communities to the cities, and the need for new arrivals to choose a defining surname.
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