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From: Terese Finneran <>
Subject: Re: [ORAHOOD] origin of name theory
Date: Sat, 26 Jul 2003 09:15:07 -0400
Thanks for posting, but I find this difficult to believe since the first
spelling we have of any Orahood here is Aleck Arauch and the Alexander
Arahad and then Alexander Arahut. It doesn't become "Orahood" until about
20 years later. I don't think this is the origin. I would like to see
wome historical documentation of this story. I mean, where did it come
from? No, no, no!
At 09:13 PM 07/25/2003 -0700, you wrote:
>I'm not sure if any of you have been to the Genforum Orahood board lately,
>but there's a message there from Robin Orahood and I have permission from
>Robin to post it here. (I'm not sure if Robin is a male or female, so bear
>Robin Orahood's message on Genforum
>Our family name OraHood originated during the Norman invasion of England
>when my ancestor Hood assisted the Normans. After the Normans withdrew from
>England the Star Chamber, the high ecclesiastical court of England, passed
>an oral (spoken) sentence against my ancestor. They affixed the word "Oral"
>to his name as a sign of disgrace, like Hester Prynes Scarlet Letter, and
>Hood became Oral-Hood. Generations later when an Oral-Hood immigrated to the
>US the spelling was changed to OralHood and OraHood. Hyphenated names were
>not accepted here.
>I've figured out that Robin's descended from John Wesley Orahood. Robin's
>father was the source of this story, and told it to Robin when Robin was an
>adult. Apparently Robin didn't know the father, having been raised by
>grandparents. And historically-speaking, we've figured out that this doesn't
>exactly hold water. But I'm posting it here because sometimes even "stories"
>have a grain of truth!
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