verb (used with object), sur·named, sur·nam·ing.
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Origin of surname
OTHER WORDS FROM surnameun·sur·named, adjective
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Instead they go by a number of different surnames according to personal preference.
They did not even have surnames, other than patronymics ("son of" names).
But the practice of giving surnames grew up only very gradually in the countries of Europe.
In England surnames were not used until nearly a hundred years after the Norman Conquest, and then only by kings and nobles.
It is interesting to see in how many different ways people got their surnames.
The first surnames in England were those which the Norman nobles who came over at the Conquest handed on from father to son.
Many surnames have come down from nicknames given to people because of their good or bad qualities.