The Select Surnames 4 Website
What's in a name? More than you might think. Each surname carries an individual history that has been shaped by all the forebears of that name. In palmistry, the left hand usually tells you what you are born with, the right hand what you made on your life. So too with family genealogy. Word origin and DNA will provide a starting point. But the history and events over time can give these names their distinctive characteristics and traits.
The site contains select surnames of English, Scottish,
Welsh, Irish and other origin. The
following are some of the surnames that are covered here:
Abraham. Abraham as a surname
comes in a variety of spellings in Jewish and non-Jewish circles.
The main spellings in the English-speaking world have been Abraham,
Abrahams, Abram, and Abrams. Abram in England might alternatively
originate from a Lancashire place name.
an Irish sept name, derived from the Gaelic personal name
Cearbhall. The name comes from the Gaelic word
cearbh meaning “slaughter” and
possibly described a fierce and warlike warrior.
older meaning of Gay comes from the Old French gai,
“light-headed” or “joyful,” which became first a
nickname and then a surname. The
word could also have ithe undesirable meaning of “wanton” or
“‘lascivious’ in some cases.
The name was
occupational surname for a cloth finisher,
trimmed the surface of the finest cloth with shears to remove any
and Dutch spellings of the name are
Schuerman, Schuermann and Schuurman. From these roots came the
meaning “tailor” and the Jewish Sherman name found in America.
Wynn. Wynn as
a surname comes in many variations. Wynn, Wynne,
Winn, Gwynn, and Gwynne are all found today in varying
around the world. The principal origin of the name is the Welsh
name Gwyn dating
back to the 8th century and
meaning “white” or “fair.”
The table below shows the list of the 120 surnames that are reviewed here.
Site Map: Select Names
Have a look at some of these surnames - other than your own - to see the extent of the rich tapestry of life that can exist in family names.
Each surname on this list includes: a name origin or derivation; a history of the name through time and countries; some notable people who bear this name; and further internet resources on the name (we have only chosen those sites that are readily accessible without charge on the internet).
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PS. If your surname does not appear in the list above, you might want to check out the surname page in this website. It covers surname genealogy for more than 800 surnames. These surnames are to be found in this and these companion websites:
- Select Surname list. The 100 most common surnames.
- Select Surname. 100
surnames from Ainsworth to York.
- Select Surnames. 100 surnames from Adams to
- Select Surnames 2. 120
surnames from Archer to Yardley.
- Select Surnames 3. 120 surnames from Abercrombie to Woodruff.
- Select Surnames 4. 120 surnames from Abbott to Wynn.