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Find a Surname - Surnames & Family Trees

Find out the meaning of your last name, search for the surnames in your family tree, or learn how surnames have developed and changed over time.
  1. Databases & Family Trees (15)
  2. Meanings & Origins (574)
  3. Name Changes & Variations (8)
  4. Naming_Patterns (27)
  5. One Name Studies (10)
  6. Surname_Queries (3)
  7. Search Tips & Strategies (15)

Glossary of Last Name Meanings & Origins
Find last name origins and meanings, plus research links, common last name spelling variations, and surname search tips for last names of American, English, Irish, German, French, Italian, Spanish, and Jewish origin.

Last Name Meanings - How to Find the Origin of your Surname
Learn how to find the meaning of your last name and trace your surname's origin back through history. Describes the different ways in which surnames developed and tips for tracing last name meanings and origins.

Common US Surnames & Their Meanings
Smith, Johnson, Williams, Jones, Brown... Are you one of the millions of Americans sporting one of these top 100 common last names from the 2000 census? If so, then you'll want to check out our list of the most commonly occurring surnames in America, including details on each name's origin, meaning, and alternate spellings. It's interesting to...

Searching for Smiths
Searching for common names in the family tree is often an exercise in frustration. Try these tips to help narrow down your search.

Creativity Required: Surname Spellings & Their Variations
Learn why your surname is most likely not the same surname your distant ancestors began with, and how to figure out possible alternate spellings to search for.

Create a Surname List - Tips for Organizing Your Genealogy Search
A surname list is a quick, but handy organizational tool for genealogists. Learn how it can help streamline your family tree research.

Top 10 Places to find Maiden Names
Can't find the maiden name of your female ancestor? These ten records and resources are often good sources for maiden names.

How to Use Surname Soundex Codes
Learn how to use the Soundex coding system to search for alternate variations of your surname in U.S. Census and other records.

How to Find Maiden Names
Research strategies and resources to help you in tracing your female ancestors.

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