My grandmother says that I am German from her side and Swedish from my grandfather’s side, that is why their last name is Carlson, because in Sweden, your last name was always your father’s name and then ended with a “son” if you were a boy or “dottir” if you were a girl. I tried to prove that using Google and I found a blog on it from the ancestry website. My grandma always jokes that you can tell a Swede a mile away, but when they get up close, you can’t tell them anything.
I googled my last name, Rohlin, and found that it is a Swedish name, that’s about all I found out because there really wasn’t much for information, which I found surprising.
I know that in the past, a person’s heritage used to be very important. You could only marry the people that had the same heritage, but now times have really changed. It doesn’t matter where you come from or what your last name is.
The definition of heritage from dictionary.com is:
1. something that comes or belongs to one by reason of birth; an inherited lot or portion:
a heritage of poverty and suffering; a national heritage of honor, pride, and courage.
2. something reserved for one: the heritage of the righteous.
3. Law. a.something that has been or may be inherited by legal descent or succession.
b.any property, especially land, that devolves by right of inheritance
So, the questions that I have for you is, think about when you were young and growing up, do you remember what your aunts, uncles or grandparents said about your heritage:
Do you know your heritage?
What does your heritage say about you?