Ever MET a STRANGER and FOUND out they were RELATED to YOU??

United States
March 7, 2007 2:00pm CST
Ever met a stranger and they had the same last name as you and come to find out they were related to you and you did not know that. A few years ago my mail lady had the same last name as me, when I inquired to it she said that her family was from east Texas (where my exhusband was from) and come to find out she was related to them, a cousin of my exhusband and she and I did not even know one another. At the time we were living in Maryland, very far from Texas, just so odd how a unknown family member can pop up. Has this ever happened to you??
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22 responses
• Philippines
8 Mar 07
Yeah...it was before when i was start living in the city far from my parents..Its my neighbor here. we found out that my middle name and her surname are the same, then i am telling my mother it...so i know that they are one my cousins..from my grandfather side.
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@kathy77 (7488)
• Australia
8 Mar 07
Hi oh yes I have met stranger with the same surname as us as we went to a wedding of a close friend of ours and thinking that due to our surname was unusual that we would find out name quickly seeing they had a board with the names on them as to where we would sit well to our surprise their was quite a few names on the list actually one whole table full and those people were out actual relatives that we did not know we had so we had a wonderful time and enjoyed talking about all the different things we had done over the years with our lives.
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@GardenGerty (101612)
• United States
8 Mar 07
Not directly, but sort of. My sister in law worked with a person in her office that turned out to be the daughter of my grandfather's brother. I guess that would make her my second cousin. When I saw her, I could see a striking resemblance to my first cousin. LOL
@ElicBxn (60895)
• United States
8 Mar 07
I met a gal in the science fiction commuity. She remembered that she had grand mother a few generations back the same last name as mine. Now, its not a real common last name, but it came in 3 times to what is now the united states. The first 2 came here to the northern U.S. and the other thru South Carolina. The 2 northern ones are related to me, the southern is not. Turned out that, as far as we can tell by looking at geneology records complied by our familys, we are related - distantly. I had a friend that found a cousin - only about 3rd cousins, but unknown to each other that connected - again there was a rather unuserally last name involved.
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• Canada
7 Mar 07
No this has never happened to me but it would be exciting to meet someone you liked and then to find out you were related . A few years ago my brother showed up on my doorstep , I had only ever seen him twice before in my life as we didn't live together and didn't have a clue who he was when he first showed up and was so excited to see him after all these years . We were both adults with our own families and it was exciting to find out I had nephews I never knew about .
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• United States
7 Mar 07
I live in a small rural area and it seems that when I meet someone new and tell someone in my family it turns out that they are related to us. There is always so much extended family in any family that you just never know who you are related to. It made dating tough in the day thats why I went out of the area for my husband LOL.
@mac1946 (1602)
• Calgary, Alberta
8 Mar 07
Mine is close,but a bit different. I met this girl in a bowling ally I was working in,and we hit it off right away,we had many things in common and it was basically love at first site,as this was a long time ago,we just went to some dances and such,and when I asked her if I could talk to her father about us getting married,she said yes. Big surprise for us both,it turned out,she was my 1st cousin that I had never met. as a result of this and one other heartbreak,I ended up never getting married.
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• India
8 Mar 07
Same thing has happened to me too.There was a beutifull girl in the institute where I used to teach,whom I was reluctant to talk as I thought she will be snobish.But we were selected as patners for the oral exams and we communicated.Her and mine surname the native place,and not just that by chance her and my fathers name and not just that grandfathers name too were same.How could it be and we didnt know each other.What kind of coincidence was that! I still wonder, how we very close relatives,decendents of the same family met.
@linda345 (2661)
• Canada
8 Mar 07
Yes, one day shortly after I moved to Ontario from Newfoundland I went to Bingo. I was sitting next to a stranger. She heard me mention Newfoundland and asked me where I was from. Them we introduced ourselves. Turns out she was my husbands cousin.
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@UAkshay (72)
8 Mar 07
I did encounter such a stranger once.. Who was none other than my dear old classmate.... One day when I was just having a walk, a stranger wished to accompany me in my walk, so I agreed atleast for the time being. After a while, when he started revealing all the fun we had at the school level, I began to realize that he was none other than my class mate.... whom I was missing 4 a while now...........
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@pondadog (101)
• United States
8 Mar 07
Ok..lets take this a bit further...lets say you are a cute little blonde and you meet this guy who just rocks your world ..to say the least about what he does to your bed..! Now things are going along just peachy, but for some weird reason you do some family tree research and find out..LO AND BEHOLD...JUMPING JEHOSAPHAT....this guy turns up to be an unknown brother that your mother gave up for adoption when she was very young.....Now...what do you do..what do you do...?? We have already established that all is well in your world with respect to him putting the curl in your toes and that twinkle in your eyes..Do you continue onward with your incestous relationship or throw out the anchor and bring things to a screeching halt?? This could be interesting...Think I will hide in the bushes and watch...
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• United States
8 Mar 07
When my brother and I were attending community college we met a girl from the Bahamas and became friends with her. Over time in conversation we found out that she is a cousin. We were really excited about it... and started telling people we were cousins... no one believed us ... my brother and I are pale, and she had beautiful creamy brown skin... It's amazing how people see two different skin colors and say you can't be related.
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@prasanta (1947)
• India
8 Mar 07
Several times it happened with me. It also had happened, I had recognised my relative, but did not reveal my introduction.
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@drakan291 (817)
• Ireland
8 Mar 07
Yep, Ireland is a really small country. I have met severalpeople who are distant cousins and we have only ended up in this small town by chance, not because they have family from here. It's pretty crazy, once you go back a couple of generations, you are bound to run into some distant relative.
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• Philippines
8 Mar 07
Yes, of course. When I was in Grade 2, my aunt and I were on a ship, by accident my aunt talked a stranger which was named Vicente, then she found out that he had a surname just like mine...hehehe...what a small world...
• Malaysia
8 Mar 07
i don't really know my relatives and sadly most of the time i thought these people are just strangers but turned out they are actually related to me. It's really sad and lonely with very little relatives that you know well.
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@Talha22 (384)
• Pakistan
8 Mar 07
well I have heared this but never happend to me and i wish not to happen to me in future
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@pondadog (101)
• United States
8 Mar 07
Well..gee, but duh...does someone being related to an ex-husband actually constitute a relative...?? That sounds like a stretch to me..
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@samsonskola (3357)
• United States
11 Mar 07
yes it has, actually. A good friend of mine that i've known for about 12 years one day mentioned something about her maiden name, and it was the same as mine. We started comparing notes and we came to the conclusion that we have to be relatives....i moved from georgia to missouri a long time ago, so it was really wild to find a member of my family way out here!
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• India
8 Mar 07
well I live in India, and here it is definitely possible that my uncles may not have the same family name as me...but since my grandpa wasa big man, so was my dad -- two very famour and respected people of the city -- I have alwyas had been in fame.........moreover, wouldnt boast but due to my own hard labor and maturity too -- I generally come accross such instances where people in the market place or on the roadside, stop me and say that yu are Mr. Gulati's son na....or many a times they even call me by my first name...but frankly and honestly I enjoy the fame!!!
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