Where Can You Find the Meaning and Origin of Your Last Name?


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The Internet Surname Database provides meanings and historical origins of over 49,000 last names. Ancestry.com provides name meaning and distribution without historical origin but covers a greater number of last names.

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When a user enters their last name on the Internet Surname Database, they receive a result with three tabs: history, statistics and links. The history section describes the name's meaning, first recorded occurrence and variations. The statistics section gives the name's distribution and popularity in the U.S. and its ethnic breakdown. The links section provides a sponsored link to MyHeritage records and any links individuals have added. Ancestry.com lists the name's meaning, U.S. distribution and links to relevant immigration records.

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