It has been brought to my attention that in my two years of genealogy blogging I haven't been explicit about the meaning behind my blog's title. An old header logo explained it somewhat, but I haven't written a post, and it might not be immediately obvious to all.
Pennsylvania Dutch is a term often used to describe those of Germanic ancestry who immigrated to the state of Pennsylvania and vicinity prior to 1800.
I was talking about my diverse ancestry one evening with some friends, and in mentioning how my maternal grandfather came from Transylvania, and my maternal grandmother had Dutch (Holland) ancestry, I came upon what I considered a humorous pun. I had a mental image of a Haight-Ashbury Vampire, which obviously plays upon some unfair stereotypes of both regions, but it was an enjoyable image.
While it was intended as a pun on "Pennsylvania Dutch", I didn't use the phrase "Transylvania Dutch", which I know has caused some confusion. I felt that would imply someone who lived in Transylvania of Dutch ancestry, which doesn't describe me, or to my knowledge any of my ancestors. I called it Transylvanian Dutch, since if I wished to be a 'hyphenated American' I could call myself a Transylvanian-Dutch-American.
Of course, I really would be a Transylvanian-Dutch-British-Polish-Lithuanian-American which is a mouthful. (Even in that description, I don't include in there any Native American ancestry, which while I believe I have some, I'm not sure how much.) I don't really consider myself a hyphenated American though. I consider myself American. It's my ancestry that is diverse in nationality, not me. Here's a breakdown by numbers.
I came up with the term in January of 2005, which is also when I registered the domain name, TransylvanianDutch.com. This was about two years before my genealogy research obsession initiated.