What Are Good Online Sites to Trace the Origin of a Last Name?

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Websites to find the origin of a last name include Ancestry and The Internet Surname Database. Both sites provide the history and the meaning of last names that are listed in the database.

Ancestry also gives information about historical common occupations, average life expectancy and historical residences. The website offers a membership that gives access to over 11 billion birth, marriage, death and other historical records, as of February 2015. Besides that, Ancestry has the option to start a family tree to trace a family back through time. The Internet Surname Database provides more extensive information on the meaning of last names and offers a map showing the current distribution of the last name entered.