The Story Behind Your Last Name Might Surprise You

Last names are passed down to us from ancestors. In fact, they weren't widely used before the Norman conquest in 1066. After the conquest, population grow continuously, and people found it necessary to be more specific when they were talking about somebody else. Thus appeared many of our current surnames. So far, there have been perhaps 45,000 different English surnames, and most had their origins as one of these SEVEN types.

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