Genealogy Adventures

GA S03 E02: Gullah Geechee Genealogy with Althea Sumpter

In this episode, we spoke with researcher Althea Sumpter, who comes from the Gullah community in South Carolina about some of the basics when it comes to researching Gullah Geechee ancestry.

We spend some time discussing Gullah culture and history. We also touch on Gullah African admixtures – something to look out for in your DNA results.

We also chat about names in your family tree that might indicate Gulla Geechee ancestry:

Male Names

Assey
Balipho
Banjoe
Beay
Beoy
Bram ‘Barbary born’
Cockcoose
Crack
Cudjoe ‘Angola’
Cuff ‘Coromantee’
Cuffee
Culley ‘Kishee’
Cumin
Dago
Dembow
Dibbe ‘new … has his teeth filed’
Donas
Easom
Fodee ‘Gold Coast’
Gamone
Gunnah ‘country born’
Homady
Hughky ‘Coromantee’
Jobny
Ketch
Mallay
Mambee ‘Gold Coast’
Mamena
Manso ‘Gambia’
Marmillo
Mingo
Mobe
Mollock
Musco Jack
Okree
Pherco
Pouta
Quacoe
Quammano
Quaow
Quash ‘Coromantee’
Quaw
Rente ‘Ebo’
Saffran
Sambo
Sandico ‘new’
Sango
Saundy
Sawney
Serrah ‘Mandingo’
Shampee
Sirrah ‘Guiney’
Sogo
Stepney
Tokey ‘Angola’
Tomboe ‘new’
Wabee ‘Mandingo’
Whan
Wolly ‘Gambia’
Yanke
Yanki
Zick
Zocky
Zoun

Female Names

Aba
Abey
Affey
Agua
Arrah
Banaba
Binah ‘country born’
Body
Camba
Dye
Eley
Embro
Fantame
Fortimer
Juba
Juda
Mabia
Mamado
Mawdlong
Minda
Nea
Rino
Rynah
Sack
Sibby
Tinah
Teina
Windy

Research Resources

Althea Sumpter:
http://altheasumpter.com/index.html

Afrigeneas:
http://www.afrigeneas.com

Glynn County Genealogy (for Weeping Time research):
http://www.glynngen.com/enslavement/butler.htm

Lowcountry Africana:
http://www.lowcountryafricana.com

Lowcountry Digital Library:
http://lowcountrydigital.library.cofc.edu

The Weeping Time Descendants facebook Research Group:
(A closed research group. This is strictly a group for people who are actively researching this community of enslaved people)
https://www.facebook.com/groups/460217554789067

They Had Names:
https://theyhadnames.net

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