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What are the Common Melungeon and
Melungeon-Related Surnames?

The following Melungeon and Melungeon-related surnames were encountered by N. Brent Kennedy while researching his book The Melungeons: The Resurrection of a Proud People An Untold Story of Ethnic Cleansing in America. According to Kennedy, "The possession of one of these surnames does not necessarily indicate a Melungeon or related group bloodline, nor does the absence of any of these family names indicate a lack of such a bloodline. These names are simply the most common surnames encountered and may prove useful to those pursuing genealogical research."

Melungeon and Melungeon-related surnames
(North Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee, and Kentucky)

ADAMS ADKINS

BARKER BARNES BECKLER BELL BENNETT BERRY BIGGS BOLEN BOWLIN BOWLING BOWMAN BRANHAM BROGAN BULLION BURTON BYRD

CAMPBELL CARRICO CARTER CASTEEL CAUDILL CHAVIS CLARK COAL COFFEY COLE COLEMAN COLES COLLEY COLLIER COLLINS COLLINSWORTH COLYER COUNTS COX COXE CROW CUMBA CUMBO CUMBOW CURRY

DAVIS DENHAM DORTON DYE

ELY EVANS

FIELDS FREEMAN FRENCH

GANN GARLAND GIBSON GIPSON GOINS GOINGS GORVENS GOWAN GOWEN GRAHAM GWINN

HALL HAMMOND HENDRICKS HENDRIX HILL HILLMAN HOPKINS

JACKSON

KEITH KENNEDY KISER

LAWSON LOPES LUCAS

MAGGARD MALONEY MARTIN MINER MINOR MIZER MOORE MORLEY MULLINS

NASH NICCANS NOEL

ORR OSBORN OSBORNE

PERRY PHELPS PHIPPS POLLY POWERS PRUITT

RAMEY RASNICK REAVES REEVES ROBERSON ROBERTSON ROBINSON

SEXTON SHEPHARD SHORT SIZEMORE STALLARD STANLEY STEEL SWINDALL

TOLLIVER TURNER

VANOVER

WATTS WHITE WHITED WILLIAMS WILLIS WRIGHT WYATT

Brass Ankles
(South Carolina)

BOONE BRAVEBOY BUNCH

CHAVIS CRIEL

DRIGGERS

GOINS GOINGS

HARMON

JACKSON

RUSSELL

SAMMONS SCOTT SHAVIS SWEAT SWETT

WILLIAMS

Carmel Indians
(Ohio)

GIBSON

NICHOLS

PERKINS

Cubans
(North Carolina)

COLEMAN

EPPS

MARTIN

SHEPHERD

STEWART

TALLY

Guineas
(West Virginia Melungeon)

ADAMS

COLLINS CROSTON

DALTON DORTON

KENNEDY

MALE MAYLE MINARD MINER MINOR

NEWMAN NORRIS

PRITCHARD

Lumbee/Croatan Indian
(North and South Carolina)

ALLEN

BENNETT BERRY BRIDGER BRIGER BROOKS BROWN BUTLER

CHAPMAN CHAVIS COLE COLEMAN COOPER CUMBA CUMBO CUMBOW

DARE DIAL

GRAHAM

HARRIS HARVIE HARVEY HOWE

JOHNSON JONES

LASIE LOCKLEAR LOWRY LUCAS

MARTIN

OXENDINE

PAINE PATTERSON POWELL

REVELS

SAMPSON SCOTT SMITH STEVENS

TAYLOR

VICARS VICCARS VICKERS

WHITE WILLIS WILLIAMSON WOOD WRIGHT

Pamunkey/Powhatan Indians
(Virginia)

ADAMS ADKINS ALLMOND

BASS BEVERLY BRADBY

CARTER COLLINS COTMAN COOK(E) CUSTALOW

DENNIS

GREEN(E)

HARMON HAWKES HOGGE HOLMES

LANGSTON

MAJOR MARSH MILES MURSH

NELSON

OSBORN

PAGE

RICHARDSON

SAMPSON SAWYER STEWART SWETT

TUPPONCE

WEAVER

WHITE WILKINS WILLIAMS WISE WYNN

Redbones
(Louisiana via the Carolinas)

ASHWORTH

BEDGOOD BUTTERS BUXTON

CHAVIS CLARK CLOUD

DOYLE DYESS

GIBBS GOINS

HYATT

JAMES JOHNSON

MADDOX

NELSON

PERKINS PINDER

SMILING STROTHER SWEAT

THOMPSON

WARE WILLIS WISBY

This page was submitted by Martha Short and is based upon the surnames listed in the Appendix to the second edition of The Melungeons: The Resurrection of a Proud People An Untold Story of Ethnic Cleansing in America by N. Brent Kennedy with Robyn Vaughan Kennedy.

Martha Short, 1998, 1999.


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