Genealogy Tip: Free Online Searchable Surname Origins & Meanings

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Have you ever wondered about the origin and meaning of your surname? Would you like to know the location in the world where your surname was first used?

Today, there are many free online searchable databases where you can find out more about your surname. With these helpful links below, you will find that family names may be derived from: nicknames, physical attributes, counties, trades, heraldic charges and many other sources.

Please note that some individuals and families have changed their names at some time in the past, so the surname that you use today, may be a variation of the original that was possibly written in another language.

I invite you to leave a comment about your particular searches and successes in researching your family’s surname.

Good luck with your search!
http://www.staffordwilson.com

History of Surnames: http://surnames.behindthename.com/

Meaning and History of your Surname: http://www.ancestry.ca/learn/facts

Surname Database: over 49,500 names: http://www.surnamedb.com/
(While this database offers products for sale, it’s still worth a look, as it provides a good description of the surname origin)

Origin and Meaning thousands of Surnames: http://genealogy.familyeducation.com/family-names-surnames/meaning-origin

For more free Genealogy Tips and Links:

http://arlenestaffordwilson.wordpress.com/category/genealogy-tips-help-links/

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One comment on “Genealogy Tip: Free Online Searchable Surname Origins & Meanings

  1. jenjilks says:

    These are great, Arlene! I just wish I could figure out my birth mother’s date of birth! There is fun is researching other families, however!

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