Family Research – English, Scottish and Irish Genealogy

24/10/2007

Common English Surnames & Their Meanings

Hereditary surnames, the family names passed down from father to son, came much later to England than many other parts of Europe. It was not until almost the 16th century before surnames were in common, everyday use by almost everyone. What’s interesting is that the most common surnames in use in England today (according to ONS data) are not all of English origin. for more click here

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