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Old 08-03-2013, 02:34 PM
 
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Surnames derived from the word for "blacksmith" include
Smith - English
Schmidt - German
Smit, Smid, Smed, DeSmedt - Dutch
Schmieder - Yiddish
McGowan, MacGowan - Irish, Scottish
Lefebvre, Lefebre - French
Fabbri, Ferraro, Ferraro - Italian
Ferrer - Catalan
Kowalski, Kowalska - Polish
Kovacs - Hungarian
Kuznets, Kovalev - Russian
Kovac - Czech
Kovacic - Serbian/Croatian
Kovenko, Kovenchuch - Ukrainian
Herrera - Spanish
Ferreira - Portuguese
Haddad - Arabic / Lebanese

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Old 08-03-2013, 03:35 PM
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Location: Cushing OK
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My grandfather's name is described as anglo-scandanivan and yet I couldn't find anything which told how. I decided to start searching and came upon this site. It gave me the whole story, the likely dane personal name combined with a saxon 'of' and the first occurance of the name, its mutations and the first offical recordings of it.

It gave me a place to start looking up more. They sell coat of arms, but the write ups on the surname data base are good. Apparently several of the family surnames are either anglo scandinavian or scots scandinavian, and with the name references and lists referenced, I am looking further.

Surname Database: Last Name Origins
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Old 08-08-2013, 09:08 AM
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My own last name, which is relatively common and which you've all heard before, was an English occupational name in the days of castles and manors, but probably originally a Norman-French word. It is amusing because the occupation is related to what I do for a living.

Some occupational names are obvious, like Butcher or Taylor (Tailor).

Other occupational names that people might not recognize as such are Walker, Fuller, and Mercer, all jobs having to do with the English wool industry. Fletcher was a guy who made arrows. Cooper made barrels.
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Old 11-07-2014, 12:25 PM
 
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Great thread. Thanks for sharing some interesting links on family names.
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Old 11-11-2014, 08:30 AM
 
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Many English surnames are derived from either a place where someone was from or lived (like London or Irish), an occupation (like Fuller), a descriptor of how one was related to another (like Johnson--John's son), and sometimes a personal attribute someone had (either by personality or even a physical trait, like Swift or Armstrong).
On occasion that descriptor was of a derogatory nature, like my own surname of Ballard---it dates to at least the 12th century and means "bald headed man".
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Old 11-11-2014, 04:00 PM
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Any name with a traditional spelling ending in eon means 'of' the first part, which is either an saxon name or in my grandfather's case, scandinavian. Spurg is a personal danish name. This dane lived in the danelaw. He normally would have named his son or dauther Spurgs dottor/son. But Old English and the language spoken by the Danish settlers were so close they could understand each other. He chose to name his child 'of spurg' instead. Or Spurgeon. Some names you have to go back to more origional spellings. Spurgin is a more common spelling but of the same origion. Anything anglo scandinavian dates back to the seven to eight hundreds and may well have begun in scotland or the area which was part of the Danelaw.
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Old 11-11-2014, 04:31 PM
 
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And many names are of French origin from the Norman invasion. For instance, Black may really derive from Blanc, meaning white.

I have a funny surname in my tree, going waaaay back from a woman who married my gt gt grandfather. Her surname was Murgatroyd, as in Heavens to Murgatroyd. But the name was de Morgateroyde, meaning of Moor Gate Royde or the area leading to the moor. "A clearing in the forest on the road to the moor"--according to Wikipedia. Royd is Norse for a clearing and Gate means street in Norse. That's what it meant in Yorkshire. Seems like a mix of Norse and French. He married de Lacy and that named morphed into Lacy. A long time ago, not that long after the Norman invasion.

You get a lot of Viking derived surnames in Yorkshire.
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Old 11-17-2014, 06:31 PM
 
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my name is not common as in many people but a common word, well I did my dna and had thousand of hits, many exact with another name in scotland. so when my family came to united states in 1600"s they drop the family name and took a new name

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