They did not even have surnames, other than patronymics ("son of" names).
They had been turned into a list of surnames, a fragment of the rabble.
They used no surnames beyond the name of the town in which they lived.
On the other hand, many occupative titles which are now obsolete, or practically so, still survive strongly as surnames.
The incorrectness of this guess is shown by the existence as surnames of Fr.
Their given names were Frank and their surnames were, we will say, Cady and Carey, respectively.
I have forgotten their surnames, but the girls call them Charlie and Graham.
surnames formed by the addition of "son" or "sen" are common to both Danes and English, but never appear in Saxon names.
Many callings now obsolete have left traces in our surnames.
She sat on the edge of the bed and wrote down a list of surnames, which she invariably spelt wrong.
early 14c., "name, title, or epithet added to a person's name," from sur "above" (see sur-) + name (n.); modeled on Anglo-French surnoun "surname" (early 14c.), variant of Old French surnom, from sur "over" + nom "name."
An Old English word for this was freonama, literally "free name." Meaning "family name" is first found late 14c. Hereditary surnames existed among Norman nobility in England in early 12c., among common people began to be used 13c., increasingly frequent until near universal by end of 14c. The process was later in the north of England than the south. The verb is attested from 1540s.