To find the country of origin of your surname, go to and click on the link to the Site Map at the bottom of the page. Click on the link Surname Meanings, and enter your last name in the search field on the n... More »

Last names are traditionally derived from either a person's father's name, the geography near a person's home, an occupation or a nickname. Each language or dialect uses specific markers for these names, such as prefixes... More » Education

Information about the origin of common surnames is accessible at The subscription-based service offers free basic information that includes the surname's literal meaning and its country of origin. More deta... More » Family Genealogy

It is possible to determine the origin of a surname by using the free search tool at the Ancestry website. This tool returns a number of details, including the meaning, history and origin of a surname, the average life e... More » Education

According to Think Baby Names, the male name Travis is of Old French origin, and it means "to cross over." Baby Names World translates the name's meaning to "toll collector," as it was once the occupational name for a ga... More »

Behind the Name and Ancestry are two resources that provide the meaning and origin of a name. Behind the Name provides additional information regarding names, such as popularity, pronunciation in various languages and fa... More » Education

To research a surname, use, FamilySearch,, or one of numerous other resources on the Internet. All of these websites offer basic records searches for free, and some offer additional services for... More » Family Genealogy