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Origin of the Surnames

The surname, also known as the family name, is a way of identifying a person who is a member of a certain family. Most European countries use a first name, middle name, and last name. The family name always goes at the end. It should also be noted that the Chinese use surnames as well, though the family name goes at the beginning rather than the end. It is not uncommon in countries like Spain for people to have two family names instead of one. One of the family names is for the mother, and the other is for the father. The word "name" is derived from the word "surname," and the word "name" in French means "on."

The French word "on" was further derived from the Latin term "over." While the term "surname" is commonly used today, it was often pronounced "sirename" in the past. This was used to refer to the last name that a man took from his father. Women have traditionally changed their last name upon being married. When a woman does this, her family name is referred to as being her "maiden name." In most cases, these women will take on the surname of her husband. If they have children, they too will take on the surname of the father. It should be noted that this practice is based on tradition rather than law. Children are allowed to have various family names in some countries.

The combination of surnames is a practice that has been made famous by many celebrities in English speaking countries today. Due to their fame, the celebrity will not want to relinquish their last name, and will add the name of their spouse to their own surname instead. The two surnames will be attached by adding a hyphen between them. It should be noted that the use of family names are not used in all countries or cultures. It is not common for surnames to be used in Iceland, Java, or Tibet. It is also not a practice that is used by royal families. One of the first people to study the origin of family names was Francis Galton.

He presented statistical information about surnames in the 19th century. This section will eventually include detailed information on the origin of a large number of family names. If you know what your last name translates into, please send it to us with the information you used to find the meaning for it. We will add it to our directory and your name will be listed as credit. There are a number of surnames that are common to the regions of Wales, England, and the Isle of Man.


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