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Witch Bloodline Names from Salem, Scotland and More

If you’ve ever wondered if you descend from a line of witches, you could be right! Do you have a family tree you can access? If so, finding your witch ancestors will be easy. If not, what you’ll do is write down your family’s last names – your last name (which is typically your father’s), your mother’s maiden name, her mother’s maiden name, your father’s mother’s maiden name, etc. Gather as many of these last names as you can, then compare against the witch bloodline names listed here! It also helps if you have a general idea of where your family originates. For example – Earlys are from Ireland, Fosters are from England, etc. 

Before We Start: Please Note!

Before diving into your family’s history and comparing to the witch bloodline names below, you have to discern whether you believe these ancestors were witches or not. Many of the accused “witches” plead guilty to lessen their sentence, be freed, or they were tortured into “confessing”. It is possible that some of these people were witches at the most basic level because some were considered wise men or women who used herbs to heal and divination to help find lost objects, etc. Do your research on witch bloodline names that match your own and determine from there whether or not you descend from a real “witch”.

Salem Witch Bloodline Names

Whether your family lives in New England or has migrated elsewhere in the U.S., check your familial names against the Salem Witch Trials last names:

Salem Witch Bloodline Names A-Z

Keep in mind, some of these names are of the convicted, while some were accused and either escaped or died in jail before conviction. ALSO, I did not include the maiden names of the married women. If you’re serious, you might want to check out the married Salem witches’ maiden names too! If you have one of the Salem witches’ names in your family, you could be a descendant from the Salem witch bloodline. Next you’ll want to build your family tree online at ancestry or elsewhere and search for an ancestor to confirm.

Scottish Witch Bloodline Names

Recently a book from the seventeenth century containing three hundred + names of Scottish witches was published online through the Wellcome Library / Ancestry.com. While I would LOVE to provide you all with those names, the writing is in cursive and hard to decipher. Until I can translate or find a legible source, here I will provide the other known Scottish witch bloodline names:

Do you descend from witches? Scottish Witch names here.

German & Swiss Witch Bloodlines

Perhaps you had a German or Swiss ancestor who was accused and/or executed for witchcraft. Check out the names of the German and Swiss witch bloodlines below. Be aware that there were thousands of German witches executed during the Medieval and Early Modern Era whose names were never recorded. They were often documented as “a young girl of nine”, “the prettiest woman in town”, “the rich woman”, “the reverend of…” So even if you don’t see your ancestral names in the witch bloodline names, still doesn’t mean you aren’t descended from witches. I’ve combined the two (German and Swiss) because of proximity.

Witch Ancestors: Witch Bloodline Names from Germany and Switzerland

Northern European Witch Bloodline Names

In this list, I am including witches from the Scandinavian and Northern European countries. The entire continent endured such tragedy, and the Northern European countries were no strangers to the Witch Hunts that ravaged the people. 

Mediterranean Witch Bloodline Names

Italy and surrounding Mediterranean countries also had their fair share of Witch Trials and executions. The nature of the trials was a bit different than those found in Britain, Germany, and Northern Europe, but still tragic nonetheless. If you have Italian or Mediterranean surnames in your family, check this list:

Now What? How to Honor Your Witch Ancestors

So you found one of your familial names on the witch bloodline names list…now what? I suggest researching everything you can about that particular witch ancestor. Google it. Often Wikipedia pages with information on the Witch Trials have taken their information from books and other resources. Check the bottom of the Wikipedia pages for the Bibliography section. Read those books. Read and read some more.

Record your findings in your journal, BOS, or in your family tree! Another way to honor your witch ancestors, study the ancient culture of his/her people and also the culture at the time of his/her life. Cook the food your ancestors might have cooked. Set up an altar for your witch ancestor and honor him/her with candlelight, prayer, incense, and other appropriate offerings. Listen to their music. 

Ancestral Witchcraft: Does it Matter?

If you find a witch ancestor in documents or not, it doesn’t really matter. It is a fun and cool thing to find one, yes, but you can still practice ancestral witchcraft. Study your ancestors’ ways, wherever they are from. Incorporate those ways into your daily life and spiritual path. The thing is – if you go back far enough in time, everyone had pagan ancestors, some of whom were priests and priestesses. Some were shamans and druids. Some were witch doctors and midwives. Everyone has at least ONE of these magical people in their heritage, whether we can find proof of it or not. 

Witch Ancestors Series: More to Come!

I barely scratched the surface of the witch bloodline names in America and Europe, so please stay tuned. I plan to write in-depth articles on each country’s Witch Trials and bloodlines, including the regions not mentioned above (Eastern European, Baltic, Basque, etc.) If this generates enough interest, I will also write an article on witch ancestors from all over the world. Have you found any witches in your family tree? If so, how do you honor them?

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87 Comments

  1. Kathryn

    September 15, 2021 at 1:08 am

    Hello i am also looking for my bloodline im a decendent of the Bell witch you know the real one Patience Eldora Summers and Bertha Bellzora Summers. Eldora is my great grandmother we have been looking for our family for years. If you have any information about the bell witch will you please email me

  2. Melody

    May 18, 2021 at 12:16 pm

    Merry Meet and Blessed Be! I am the 11th great granddaughter of John Proctor.

    1. Rebecca

      July 2, 2021 at 2:28 am

      Priceless but also sad.

    2. Rosemary Porter

      September 9, 2021 at 8:01 pm

      Merry meet!!!! I am the descendent of Elizabeth Boothe….what I have gathered from her story is that she was put up to do the trials by her family. I am a medium, and I feel that she never wanted any part of those trials, and had great sympathy for those who perished. Thank you for sharing!!!

  3. Mel

    February 5, 2021 at 3:16 pm

    Unfortunately, I have been dabbling in my lineage because I have always felt ties to the city of Salem and it’s history. I say unfortunately because as cool as it is to find out why I am connected, it is sorrowful as well. I have traced myself back all the way to not only Samuel Wardwell but also to William Griggs. Making my heritage the accuser and the accused. Along with many other names listed in the events that took place.

  4. Brittney Porter

    February 5, 2021 at 2:19 pm

    Leckrone, from grandma on dads side witch married a Darrow, Bangham from my great grandma from my moms side that married a Fultz? Any help I can get on thoes names would be amazing

  5. Jillian

    February 4, 2021 at 12:13 am

    My mother’s maiden name was Parker, her father was from the Rhondda , her Mother was a Gilbert /Hancock from Devon and came from a long line of what my grandmother called mystics . I would love to find out if I am related to the Parker mentioned in the Salem list .

    1. Sharon Catalina

      April 14, 2021 at 6:52 pm

      I found an old tombstone in Texas with Handcock, written on it. Jonnie Handcock, it was in a Gulley like it was discarded

  6. Kim Harrison

    January 27, 2021 at 9:50 pm

    My maiden name is Barrett I’m really interested in my history . Please can you help , I’m interested in unlocking my inner self . This is not the sort of platform I would have ever communicate on but when needs must !!

  7. Heather

    November 2, 2020 at 6:49 pm

    My grandmother was a Marklen? She was a Dutch immigrant and my older ancestors where Cherokee I know they go back to the trail of tears and further my maiden name is Wilson I have very strong natural born gifts but struggling to find my way through this awakening

    1. Angela romero

      November 27, 2020 at 2:59 am

      Wow i never new there were sow much ancestors one the list from northern Europa. Campbell.. porter….boyman….
      From selem…Parker black and inglish, =from the 1600 until 1800 i tink…i did a dna test.from my herintage.
      Ivm from the Nederlands and i know the name s are frome my moms site of the famly…..i learnd to heale white plants and ather thinks from my grandmother quite often..sow now i know its in my dna.cool to know.

      1. Melissa

        December 14, 2020 at 12:27 am

        I have Parker and porter in my lineage ❣️

      2. Nikole

        January 11, 2021 at 7:27 pm

        My birth fathers birth family hails from West Virginia I’m told I have a ancestor on the hanging side 😢 but am curious to see if I share bloodline with Mary Parker and Alice Parker. And on my mother side I have weird in my ancestors and Thomas weir strangled and Bernadette in Scotland not sure if we share about Dean I’m gonna keep digging my mothers maiden name is also Wilson

  8. Susan

    September 12, 2020 at 1:44 pm

    Thanks for writing the family name lists! That is how I found out and was able to go to my tree and confirm 💓 . Abigail Barker great grand-daughter here- now I know and that’s empowering.

    1. admin

      September 14, 2020 at 10:55 am

      that is amazing!

  9. Abigail Barker’s 7th generation great granddaughter

    September 12, 2020 at 1:30 pm

    Hi, thank you for listing the family names of those whose lives were altered forever one way or another because of gross intolerance. I would not have known my ancestor was accused and imprisoned at Salem if I hadn’t seen the name list you created and I’m grateful! Thanks! My story overlaps my ancestors accused in more ways than make sense so maybe the gifts are still passed generationally. My kids were watching Harry Potter when I found out and researched our family tree- can’t make this stuff up!

  10. Gena Sayers

    July 15, 2020 at 10:38 am

    Be sure to peak into Clan Colqhoun. My mother connected our bloodline to the Black Cock of Scotland, reportedly one of the few open practioners of witchcraft and necromancy that evaded execution. We have strong magic in our family, even if it has been abused or neglected by a generation or two.

  11. Sarah Pocphoke

    June 23, 2020 at 5:33 am

    I have Walden, Andrews, Barker, Black, my aunts ex husband has Bradbury, one of my grandmas ex husband has Burroughs , my exs dad was married to a woman with the maiden name of Foster, my grandmas ex husband has Howe, and a Hutchins is married to a cousin, I have Hutchinson, and Jacobs, I have Martin, and a Parker married a cousin, and my fiancee has Jacobs, Rebecca Nurse is in my tree her son Benjamin had a daughter named Elizabeth she married Theophilus Phillips II she was his second wife I am not related to her but I am related to him, and I once dated a guy with the last name of Redd, I have Willard

    1. M V

      January 23, 2021 at 12:53 pm

      My great aunt did a family tree lineage all the way back to Rebecca Nurse. I have a lot of family still in Massachusetts. Nurse >>>> > Marlin > Vargas .

  12. Laura Martin

    June 20, 2020 at 8:50 am

    I am a practising witch and I want to know if I’m related to Susannah Martin.

    1. Linda Snapp

      July 14, 2020 at 5:34 pm

      Susannah “Goody” North married George Martin, they are my so many times great grandparents. I don’t believe she was a witch. I think her step mother wanted to get rid of her. Do you know where your Martin family came from? my Martin’s settled in Kentucky!

      1. Christa

        August 6, 2020 at 3:47 pm

        & yet no Bennett or Brown. This list seems to me that the real witches may not be named…..

        1. Carissa

          October 24, 2020 at 5:37 pm

          I come from Brown

  13. Sandra

    May 17, 2020 at 2:54 pm

    Sarah Bridges (later Preston, then Price) is not listed. She was accused at Salem along with her sister, Mary Bridges. Sarah confessed, was found not guilty, and later exonerated anyway. She was either 13 or 17 when accused (sources disagree) and unmarried.

    1. JH

      April 1, 2020 at 12:35 am

      My family was from Scotland mainly but I do have German and English as well. Buchanan was my Surname but I also have Deiter, Davis and Wiseman. Does anyone recognize these as been associated with witches.? I have always had a a strong curiosity and pull toward witches.

      1. admin

        April 1, 2020 at 11:53 am

        Hi JH. I offer a service where I look at your magical ancestors origins including if there are any witches or magical folks in your line. It’s located in the Shop if you’re interested.

    2. Unknow

      May 11, 2020 at 6:44 pm

      Don’t worry at least you don’t have the Bell Witch as a ancestor

      1. kathryn d harvey

        September 15, 2021 at 1:12 am

        That`s my ancestors

      2. Angela Jackson

        September 15, 2021 at 11:12 am

        I am a desendent of the bell witch.

  14. Kama

    March 14, 2020 at 8:25 pm

    My dad’s side of the family comes from Hawaii, and I know that both my dad, & my grandfather have told me that my grandmother, and my great-grandma, (my grandma’s mom) where both witches. I don’t know if this is true or not, because my grandmother on my dad’s side was brutally murdered on Halloween night, & this was before I was born!!!

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    1. Ryan Whigham

      December 29, 2019 at 4:51 am

      Can anyone tell me where the name Whigham originated from and is it associated with any witches

    2. Anonymous

      February 11, 2020 at 4:49 am

      Uh so I’m not sure if my family is a long line of witches or not but I have visions or premonitions of the future, it sounds crazy, but it’s true and the name isn’t listed on here I’m just curious as to what it is cause it happens literally all the time I can’t go a day or night with out having some sort of vision or premonition but sometimes it’s just about small things like a conversation or something someone does and I’m not sure they’re bad things, what is it I need answers like honestly, this is my email: arielburnett5@gmail.com

    3. Unknown

      May 11, 2020 at 6:48 pm

      Could my name be changed overtime because it is Horton now but it could changed “Thornton”

      1. Rin A L

        May 29, 2020 at 4:49 am

        Yes, many family names are changed when immigrating to the US. Sometimes completely, usually just dropped or added a letter or two to make them more easily pronouncible. My mother’s side went from Starling to Starlin. You’ll have to do research to find out for sure.

      2. Annie

        October 23, 2020 at 8:11 am

        I am a Thornton and now all the pieces of the puzzle are coming together like in a BIG way hahahahaha. Whereabouts are thinking your Thornton connection might be?? A

  16. Bad_Guppy

    September 28, 2019 at 2:22 am

    I don’t cast spells, but do pray fairly often. I associate with United Methodists. I am clairvoyant, clairaudient, sentient, and a psychic medium. I can talk to the recently deceased, and have visions. My father was the same. I have a niece who also seems to have the genes. My father’s mother was the carrier. Associated names are Blackburn, Vannoy, and Bishop, and Langford. I see Bishop listed. I think I inherited something from my mom, who was a McNeil and Hoffman. Not sure what else. It shows up after someone with whom we had a strong psychic link with (with me it was my mother) passes away, and they show us a glimpse beyond the veil. Thank you.

  17. Lisa

    August 18, 2019 at 3:24 am

    I come from a long line of witches. But I don’t see our family name Blair.

    1. Lindsay

      April 20, 2021 at 2:02 am

      lol the Blair witch movie

      1. M Lindsay

        April 20, 2021 at 3:13 am

        the above is by me ……M Lindsay

  18. Katrina

    August 6, 2019 at 4:17 am

    My family is from Scotland, Ireland and Germany. We have always been witches. Surnames are Wiley, Sellards, Caldwell, Cyfers (Syphers/Cyphers) and Williamson. You have to remember when researching that many families changed the spellings of their names when they immigrated to the US. In doing my genealogy all of them above with the exception of Caldwell were changed more than once.

    1. Kelli

      February 27, 2020 at 3:57 am

      I’m Wiley family from Scotland, Ireland, Germany and I am a witch 💕

  19. Mel

    June 11, 2019 at 7:22 pm

    I’m German. My name isn’t Bernauer, but my family has always lived in a village rather close to Bernau. That’s curious.

  20. Anonymous

    March 23, 2019 at 2:17 am

    I wish I could know if I was related to any of them but I don’t know much

    1. Rhonda

      March 19, 2020 at 8:27 pm

      Hello Lisa, if you’re the “Blair” i think you are, notice the name “Weir”!
      Same line ?

  21. Katie

    March 19, 2019 at 6:42 pm

    I’ve been told that The Ravenscrafts where witches as well but I don’t see the name listed here… Do you know anything about the Ravenscrafts?

  22. Felicia M McDonald

    March 19, 2019 at 6:30 pm

    A few of my relatives were killed at Salem Susannah Martin was my Great Grandmom. I also have Porter in my lines and a few other’s. I am as well gifted.

      1. Derek

        July 14, 2021 at 1:16 am

        Merry meet everyone,
        My family witch lines are
        From Salem: bishop and Scott
        From Scottish: Guthrie and Reid
        From German: Bien
        Haven’t done any research as to who they are yet but I shall find out soon.. bless it be brothers and sister.. may source grant you it’s favor.

    1. Whitney

      July 31, 2019 at 10:51 pm

      I am a porter and my dad’s side comes right from Scotland. I believe his parents came to America at some point. I’m trying to dig into it but my dad has always been a mystery to me and lots of things were kept in secrecy.

  23. MM

    March 17, 2019 at 1:40 pm

    I’ve had natural witch instincts all my life. But avoided embracing the ME me because I was trying to be a good Catholic. That’s fallen away now and my witchy self is stronger than ever.
    Doing ancestral research last year, I discovered that I am descended from a real witch. A true witch who lived after being accused of witchcraft.
    Katharine “Goodie” Harrison.
    She followed astrology closely and also did folk magic. Clearly was a confident witch. Luckily she had money and powers seen and unseen.
    She managed to go free and start over in NY state after CT ran her out.
    Learning that I am descended directly from a witch who lived is inspiring. Sadly I think most of those who were murdered after being accused of being witches, weren’t witches.
    I know they found peace on the other side though.

  24. Maggie

    March 11, 2019 at 11:58 pm

    Under the Salem witches it lists Parker for Mary (Ayers) Parker which was my ancestor. I have some gifts through my Ayers family lineage.

    1. admin

      March 12, 2019 at 11:30 am

      Hi Maggie! Nice to meet you here. I am sorry for the loss of your ancestor but glad it pushes you to research and get to know her well.

      1. Δαναη Μαντισσα

        March 21, 2019 at 7:02 pm

        Nothing about Greek Magic unfortunately.

    2. Mariah

      June 28, 2019 at 2:00 am

      I am an Ayres, my last name has been changed repeatedly between Ayres and Ayers over the years. And obviously my curiosity with the craft has been on my mind and ive wondered about my family which lead me to this site. On a whim I looked at the comments.

    3. Albion Roberts

      November 4, 2019 at 5:28 am

      Mary Ayers Parker is my ancestor, also! Hello, family.

      1. Anonymous

        December 17, 2019 at 1:47 am

        I have Ayers, Parker, and Langdon lineage

    4. Anonymous

      December 7, 2019 at 1:03 am

      I’m a parker to I was givin up for adoption at age 7 I always knew I was different from everyone else I’m sences are strong and I know hopefully one day I’ll find out who I am till then I’ll continue to dig and search for answers to questions I dont even know.

  25. M. Samson

    February 23, 2019 at 11:59 am

    It seems like I’m related to the Sampson family … I’ve always heard that strange call from Scotland in my heart, dunno why, because I’m French. But. Now that I’m growing up, I’m getting ready to move to Scotland. And for that I also do some research on my family, especially my father’s family because I don’t really know them and my genealogy at this side. It’s a little complicated, I’m not very good at it, my mother doesn’t know much about my paternal family, I don’t know them and my father died when I was little. But for the moment, I did not even try to find out if my name was related to a line of witches or not. I was just looking for the Samson of Normandy, and to see this name of Sampson in this atypical list challenged me. After some research, it looks like I’m a descendant in the direct line. It’s quite surprising. And rather impressive. Maybe I’ll use it to find out more information when I finally live in Scotland. I’m moving in next September, the time to finish my year of study. I’ve already planned everything, it remains for me to settle down to do my research.
    Thank you for this article, it helped me a lot.

    1. Hailey

      August 18, 2019 at 5:15 pm

      I’m a Campbell on my mother’s side from Scotland

  26. Janice Hobbs

    February 13, 2019 at 12:25 am

    Looking for Abigail Hobbs

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  28. Kate Howes

    January 6, 2019 at 8:01 am

    I am wondering why no one ever mentions the witches of Mexico. Catemaco, Mexico is literally full of very good witches. Perhaps it is the way they carry out their incantions or maybe just not enough people really know about them.My mothers family comes from decendants of the craft way back.My great, great grandfather was tasked to bring down the witches that would steal the cinnamon tree branches, so the ability to stop or allow the passage through the Cinnamon tree orchards was very important to the town as this was one of the major money makers for the town and the people that lived there.I know it might sound a little bit odd but the value of cinnamon back in those days is equivalent to the Vanilla Bean today.Witches were drawn to the tree groves and still to this day most witches utilize cinnamon for their incantations.

    1. admin

      January 6, 2019 at 3:29 pm

      Kate – I’d love to hear more about your family and their magical traditions. This is SO interesting to me! The cinnamon being worth a lot makes sense to me! Email me at theotherworldlyoracle@gmail.com

    2. Anonymous

      February 10, 2019 at 7:21 pm

      I’m with you I want to know about the witches in the Caribbean

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    December 14, 2018 at 6:58 pm

    I am interested to see what you have in Eastern Europe. I have Hungarian and Ukrainian heritage and my grandmother has told me on several occasions that a few relatives practiced herbal crafts. I’ve always been drawn to it, even as a little girl. I’m just glad to know that it is in my family!

  31. L.Porter

    November 15, 2018 at 10:29 am

    Lovely.
    As shown from Scottish Witch Bloodlines..
    Not just one, but my actual full name is present.
    My name is Lindsay Porter, correct spelling in all. It feels right at least to know I’m not alone..
    Born Empath, I’ve always FELT different.
    Started books and spells at an early age.
    I’m coming into more of my comfort zone using crystals, healing rocks, moon energy, ect , I just wish there was someone near my area to help me grasp my full potential..
    I’m having issues with a few chakra’s being blocked.. By the way, I’m a full Gemini.. Good Vibes!

    1. admin

      November 15, 2018 at 5:52 pm

      You’re not alone, Lindsay! My grandfather’s people were from Argyllshire, and I have the last name Dunlop in my ancestral line.

    2. Thomas chrystie

      December 24, 2018 at 1:42 pm

      L.Porter your statement of needing help in opening or let’s say balancing your chakras. I know a woman whom is very educated in this topic,whom like yourself is a true by bloodline witch of Norwegian desent. As you are gemini so is she. Her and I dated for nearly 5 years before we parted ways but in those five years I was educated in some truth on this matter of witchcraft sorcery or however one may describe it. I never was a believer nor disbeliever of this matter when we came together,I assure you and any others who may question the truth of this subject that i now am neither a believer or no believer , I now am a knower of this truth ,fact , existence reality . I do believe we all have the ability to change, manipulate,control or cast our will upon people objects things etc. Actually I know we do. Certain individuals are more prevailent than others. I have witnessed this woman throw an object of mine of great value across a room and break it, and never physically touch it,all done from the powers of her mind or chi energy more so I believe. Not fully a knower on the chi subject as of yet but yes a believer. Fact is we all posses the abilities, recognizing it and knowing it is truth ,fact, is most likely the first and hardest step in being able to harness and control the abilities to use it or manifest by use of it. Twice I’ve known her to use her abilities to manifest the second time she did nearly cost me my life…fact. I have only witnessed her being able to use her abilities when angered,not just angry I’m talking blood boiling mad. Never witnessed her using it when all was normal or happy moments. But mad best lookout if you are on the receiving end of her hatred at that moment. We ,her and I reside in Florida although we are no longer together I still have contact with her. So that said if your reside here also I could offer you an avenue for help. But I believe you don’t necessarily need outside help ,the answer lies within your ownself to unblocking your chakras look deeper within while concentrating on freeing your mind or opening your third eye or pineal gland…deeper meditation or trance state of being is what will allow you what you seek. That said to get to that state of being is up to you to find, it could be one simple thing to achieve it or a combine of things. Like certain herbs may do it or certain sounds or music or possibly a chemical to change your state of mind I don’t know your exact thing it will take to get to the altered state of trance to balance your chakras you have to try various things to obtain what u are seeking. Hope this helps somewhat. It’s only advice and the good part is that it’s free and always will be from me. Lol. Best to you..key thing to remember is you need not believe you can do this..you have to know and once you know which comes from within your being not your mind and there I’d your answer. Good fortune to you and to all. Peace and please always use your abilities to manifest positive energy never negative. Gemini I know you will…I wonder do you have blue eyes? Just a thought

      1. Anonymous

        August 16, 2020 at 2:06 pm

        Do you have the email of this women Id like to talk to her… I am related to the witch bloodline. Thanks,
        blessings

    3. Brianna

      March 18, 2019 at 12:48 pm

      I did a bit of looking awhile back through my Italian side i believe i traced some of my family to Naples Italy. I am about 65% sure I searchedcorrectly but not enough to be 100% yet

    4. Tracy

      September 9, 2019 at 2:46 am

      Susannah is my 12th ggm as well..Inam also gifted. My Scottish witch lines are Balfour, Campbell , Douglass, Bruce and Gowdie. I was always cudioys if the persecuted witches descendants had powers and abilities. I know that Susannah was a Pious Christian woman. So , having natural abilities is a curious thing , isnt it? Xo, Tracy

  32. Joseph putnam

    October 20, 2018 at 3:38 am

    Ok, I’m lost… I’m a Putnam, from the same family as the Salem witch trials. Many of my ancestors were burned at the stake… Why wouldn’t this list include the Putnam name? If you are going to mention Salem I find it a little odd that you wouldn’t mention any of the family names related to that trial.

    1. admin

      October 20, 2018 at 12:18 pm

      I haven’t read any Putnam names “burned at the stake” in Salem. Most of the victims were hanged, one pressed to death with rocks. Plus the Putnam name is associated with the accusers, not the actual witches.

      1. anonymous

        January 1, 2020 at 5:13 am

        I’ve always been told since I was a little girl that my relative was burnt at the stake in Salem but then I read no one was burnt. I’m confused. Been trying to search and figure out who I’m related to.

        1. admin

          January 3, 2020 at 2:21 pm

          No one was burnt in Salem. Hung mostly and one man Corey Giles was pressed to death with large stones. Build a family tree and research your familial last names against witch trial lists.

    2. Adrianna

      November 30, 2018 at 6:29 pm

      I think you’re confused Mr. Putnam; as Admin states, no accused witches were burned at the stake in Salem. They were hung or pressed to death, with any number also dying in the prison of the usual ailments associated with imprisonment at that time.
      Also, Ann Putnam and her family were among the accusers, not the accused.

  33. Linda M

    October 7, 2018 at 8:47 pm

    The Nordic patronyms Jonsdotter and Eriksdotter would only exist for a generation, and it would be impossible to decide whether you are related to them unless they are placed by the name of the farm they were born on or the one they lived and died on. Any daughter of Erik would be Eriksdotter and her children would not share her last name.

    1. Raven Lancaster

      October 16, 2018 at 11:54 pm

      While that is traditionally true, a lot of families chose to keep that as a surname for many generations especially if they moved somewhere else. I know women with the surname of Erikson or Ericsson.

  34. carla

    September 20, 2018 at 5:00 pm

    Could carrier be a name from carrie

    1. admin

      September 25, 2018 at 11:30 am

      You’d have to look it up. Google “last name carrier origins” and usually the results will tell you other forms of the name.

  35. Dione Mena

    September 11, 2018 at 8:27 pm

    Merri meet,
    You have nothing on eastern European witches (as you all call them)? Why is that?
    Remember a “witch” will always know another one when they meet. And if you are a descendant, you will know. The elders of your family will always tell you. Also it’s not a religion, no worship to God’s and dieties, that is the person’s personal beliefs. The power is more like a connection in your bloodline to all and everything around you. Because you know if you back up everything is one.

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      September 12, 2018 at 12:49 am

      I haven’t written one yet. I had to break the articles up into pieces – Europe is a large continent. Some witches make witchcraft their religion, some don’t. It depends on the region and the individual.

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