As a Genealogist, the meaning of these phrases is incredibly painful to me as I write this, knowing that with the death of my beloved nephew, my family has now died out.
For those of you who read my blog on Facebook, you may not know that it links from Google Blogger. And so, personal and professional finally meet.
We say "daughtered out" when a family has no more males to carry on the line, but the daughters have children (who carry on the line of their respective husbands).
We say "died out" when there are no more children in the male line.
And so, with heavy heart, I'm debating who gets what Family Bible, who gets what set of photographs, who gets great-grandfather's pocket watch...all things which have been in my mind, throughout his lifetime, the property of my nephew, and me the caretaker thereof.
Hold close the ones you love.