The Internet Surname Database

Query our database to discover the results of our research into individual surnames. Each surname research typically contains :-

  • The current surname and its immediate variant spellings,
  • The country or countries of origin, with the approximate period of history from when the "word" might have first been used descriptively, before becoming a surname,
  • The original meaning and translation of the surname, its descriptive group, i.e. locational, patronymic, occupational etc.
  • Examples of interesting recordings which appear in pipe rolls, deeds, and wills, date back to early medieval times 11th or 12th century, and/or from the earliest church register recordings from the 15th century onwards,
  • The earliest proven recording that we have been able to find of the surname, and the name and reign dates of the monarch on the appropriate throne at the time.

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