Where can you search for the origins of last names?


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The origin of a surname can be found in a variety of places online, including Geneanet, Family Education and Behind the Name. The websites offer instant results with a simple search.

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Behind the Name offers a surname of the day section where a new name is selected each day and all details about origin is displayed. Users can enter a surname into the search bar and hit enter to get results for a specific name or the user can select from the categories to locate names of a specific origin.

Family Education allows users to discover the meaning and the origin of a surname by simply entering it into the search bar on the page. Other features on the page allow users to search, sort and save favorite name combinations, browse through celebrity kids names and to look for names by category, such as historical and celebrity names.

Geneanet provides a simple searching system for users to locate the meaning and origin of a last name. The site provides a list of the top 40 last names to browse and a tab for finding out the popularity of a first name. One of the sites features allows you to trace ancestors by last name using the Geneanet database index system.

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