I was born in South Africa (Pietersburg), but have been in Scotland since I was 3 (ie 40 years now!).
I'm told that my dad still has a SOuth African accent, but my mum has lost hers.
My surname is a very old South African one - even though it is actually German. My great grandfather married an Itish girl who came out to nurse in the Boer war, so my branch became English speaking, even though we were in the Transvaal.
Dh and I go out to SA regularly - about every 2 years. Usually split the time between Haenerstburg (and a visit to the Kruger) and the Cape, where we now have friends in the wine industry. Have had to drop the Durban bit, even though I also have relatives there.
Dh is from Kimberley and we too got out regularly, just been out for 3 wks in Jan. I think our surname is quite a traditional SA name too. Dh's parents have quite a checkered heritage, ranging from Dutch to French to Germany and English. Am trying to do a family tree for Ds. We're down south as that's where I'm from, but Ds would dearly love to go home. Thx for your message in the language thread. Is your Dh from SA too?
No - dh is 100% Scottish (but I reckon with a shipwrecked Spaniard in there somewhere too! )
Someone has done our family tree going back to 1503 - it would probably overlap somewhere with your dh's if we tried hard enough! There is German, Swedish, Irish, French (Irish Hugeunot), Scottish, English - all sorts! My family did start off in the Cape (an ancestor was the first even postman in South Africa) and went via Graaf Reinet to Jo'burg/Pretoria.
Wow, you're lucky to have be able to get back that far, I did mine a few years ago and got stuck around the 1800's. Dh's mother is from the Freestate and has English heritage too. Too far for an English passport though!