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Anatomy  of  a  Surname

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Surnames are generally derived one of four sources:
The name of the father (patronymic), the locality, the occupation,
or a descriptive nickname for the person.
When they were created, they answered one of the
following questions:
Who is his father ?
Where is he from ?
What does he do for a living ?
What is his or her most prominent feature ?

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SOURCES INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING :

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An Etymological Dictionary of Family and
Christian Names With an Essay on their Derivation and Import;
Arthur, William, M.A.; New York, NY: Sheldon, Blake, Bleeker & Co., 1857

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Dictionary of American Names, Oxford University Press, ISBN 0-19-508137-4

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