Interested parties can find the histories of their last names at Ancestry.com. The database at Ancestry.com includes surnames from all over the world and often provides additional information such as the distribution of the surname in the United States at particular time periods.
Ancestry.com provides additional information about a surname in the United States, including its appearance on available census records and the occupations recorded for persons with the surname. Ancestry.com is a privately held company with corporate headquarters in Utah.
Another database that provides histories of certain last names is Surnames.BehindTheName.com, but this website may not provide much global coverage of non-European surnames.