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Re: Meaning of Last name
Posted by: John D. GaNun Date: April 22, 2001 at 09:20:57
In Reply to: Meaning of Last name by Jonathan Ganong of 81

Hate to say it, but Ganong, Genung, Ganoung, GaNun, etc. all come from one man named Jean Guenon (he couldn't spell it), and guenon is French for "baboon", particularly a group of arboreal species. Zoologists pronounce it 'Gwenon' . You can see them in any good zoo; National Geographic had a TV special on them some years ago also. There are still plenty of Frenchmen using the name. The name may be very old and might not always have referred to monkeys: some think it might have meant 'friendly' originally, but it was already associated with these little guenon monkeys by the middle ages when they were kept as pets.

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