The original idea certainly was that all members of a tribe were of one blood, and it was on this account that such strict rules existed against intermarriage between the members. But in process of time this ceased to be strictly true, as by adoption individuals pertaining to one tribe might be taken into another, and a clan which was reduced in numbers through war or plague was glad to recuperate by this means.
The history of English surnames by Sabine Baring-Gould n English hagiographer, antiquarian, novelist and eclectic scholar.
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