Sunday, May 07, 2006

Christians Reproduce on Remote Island

Norfolk Island in the South Pacific is a sort of genealogical anomaly. About a third of its 1,900 residents can trace their ancestry to 194 descendants of Fletcher Christian and his Bounty mutineers who outgrew Pitcairn Island and settled on Norfolk on June 8, 1856.

The handful of surnames brought by the Pitcairners are shared by so many islanders that the local telephone directory lists people by nickname, including Cane Toad, Onion, Dar Bizziebee, Kik Kik, Mutty, Lettuce Leaf and Carrots. [Link]
Pitcairn Island is now so sparsely populated that the residents can be listed on one small webpage.

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