From when did surnames arrive?
By ¦ Amber ¦
July 12, 2016 6:50pm CST
If you've done any kind of research on your own surname, or that of others, you will know that a lot of them, quite literally, translate to a trade. Others, especially of Celtic (Irish and Scottish) origin, translate to "son of" and then the clan name. If your name begins with O it would translate to "Grandson of". The "O" names came about after the Mc/ Mac prefix. On a further side note, a clan's name did not necessarily mean that everyone was related. That's a side note, however, and so I'll leave it at that. I came across this article that will better explain how surnames came to be of existence.
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13 Jul 16
In ancient times names are linked with your old family member's name. For example if your name is Joan, people will call you Joan the daughter of Sharon the daughter of Emil or Peter the son of Joey the son of Mark. There was no exact naming that time. Your family, clan or group will tell your identity.
I know that my father and grandparents had other names and when they came to America they had to go through Ellis Island and their names were changed from what they were originally. I had information more than that before but cannot find it and I want to go back far to see what my ancestry was like and who they were.
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13 Jul 16
I don't know about my dad's name, but my mom's surname, I learned, is a combination of her ancestors when they got married. That was the custom in Yemen. that when a couple gets married, the woman doesn't take her husband's anme, but they combine the two surnames to create a new name.