A person's last name is typically derived from the passing down, according to law or custom, of one or both of his parents' family names. This name is sometimes called a surname or family name in Western contexts. More »

Words relating to occupations are the most common for German last names. However, last names originating in Germany can also relate to nicknames and locales. More »

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Examples of fantasy last names are Dragonhilt, Screamlock, Shadeworm or Banewind. Surnames can be race-specific, such as Dwarven names like Bristlehorn, Boulderforge and Coalback. For names with a medieval tone, choose n... More »

Look up a family crest with the family name search tool at the Heraldry and Crests website or by typing in a last name in the search bar on AllFamilyCrests.com. Finding the right family crest for a name depends on the co... More »

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Begin your search for your family genealogy by writing down your own name, birth date and birthplace; the same for your parents; your spouse and marriage date; and your children's names and dates of birth. Ask relatives ... More »

Surnames, otherwise known as last names, can be used to trace family heritage and history. Genealogy searches can be conducted online through a number of websites, including Ancestry.com and its related community, RootsW... More »

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To fill out a pedigree chart, write all of the family names in the natural order, beginning with the first, followed by the middle (initial) and surname. Identify all female ancestors using their maiden names, and includ... More »

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