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Surname History

Our family name origin software consists of information derived from early archive books for English, Scottish and Irish names, and are probably the earliest records known for each surname.

Many of the ancient European family names in countries such as France an England were formed in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries.

In 1086 William the conqueror introduced the record of the great Inquisition known as the Domesday Book and documented ownership of the lands of England to their extent value and liabilities.

Other ancient documents that survived were the Assize Rolls, the Inquisitio and the Ragman Rolls.

The use of a second name, a custom introduced by the Normans (who themselves had adopted it not long before) became in course of time a mark of gentle blood.

They were not in use in England and
Scotland before the Norman conquest of 1066, and were first found in the Domesday Book.

It was not until the reign of Edward II (1307 - 1327) that the practice became
general amongst all people in England.

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