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Question #16711 posted on 07/19/2005 4:27 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

For the last couple years, I've been trying to figure out what my last name means. I've tried various websites, books, and family history sources, and all I've been able to find out is it may be French. Could you help me out?

- Cassandra Aydelotte

A: Dear Ms. Aydelotte, if that is your real name,

According to my source, (ancestry.com), Aydelotte is from the personal name "Edelot," a nick name of any of various Old French names of Germanic origin containing the element "edel," ‘noble'. American families bearing this name, as well as French families named Aydalot, are traceable to Gascony and Guyenne. It can also be spelled Aydelott or Aydelot. The form "Edelot" is sometimes used as a female first name.

Of course, if that's not your real last name, you're out of luck. Not even the Board is that omniscient (or has enough spare time to list every last name which is possibly French).

-Petra, who loves onomastics