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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.

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What are good online sites to trace the origin of a last name?
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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.

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