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    What is the greatest grandfather called?

    Hello,

    What is the greatest grandfather of a family called?

    I mean by that the founder of the family or the first grandfather.

    Thanks.

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    Re: What is the greatest grandfather called?

    He might be called the family patriarch.

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    Re: What is the greatest grandfather called?

    How could someone be "the first grandfather"? Didn't he have parents?
    I agree that "Patriarch" is a great word, but I don't logically understand the idea.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: What is the greatest grandfather called?

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    How could someone be "the first grandfather"? Didn't he have parents?
    I agree that "Patriarch" is a great word, but I don't logically understand the idea.
    For example he is from Roberts family, but then he founds a new family called James. So he is the first person in the family and founder of James family.

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    Re: What is the greatest grandfather called?

    Perhaps the reason this is hard for me is that we don't simply change our family's name.

    A few generations ago, when people immigrated to the US, they may have changed their name to something more "American." In that case, you might say he was the patriarch of the American branch of the family.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: What is the greatest grandfather called?

    My father and his brother changed their family name in 1944. They shortened and "Americanized" it, as was pretty common in those days. They both immigrated as children. I have relatives with several variations of names derived from the family name their father used.
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    Re: What is the greatest grandfather called?

    So is your father the patriarch? Is your uncle? Is he "the greatest grandfather"?
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    Re: What is the greatest grandfather called?

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    So is your father the patriarch? Is your uncle? Is he "the greatest grandfather"?
    In their youth, they might both have said that Jacob was the patriarch. Since family names weren't part of their heritage, they attached little importance to theirs.

    I always get a laugh when I read in old literature that someone was from "one of the oldest families."
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    Re: What is the greatest grandfather called?

    Wouldn't all our greatest grandfathers be the first multicellular organism that reproduced sexually?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    Wouldn't all our greatest grandfathers be the first multicellular organism that reproduced sexually?
    LOL!

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