The Select Surname 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 100 names found on this site are not the most common. But each in its own way has its own style. Not quite like a clan perhaps. But definitely as a distinctive grouping with a shared history. The select names chosen here - of English, Scottish, Welsh, and Irish origin - are as follows:
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).
Enjoy the site!
PS. If your surname does not appear in the list above, you might
to check out the surname page in this
website. It covers surname genealogy in this and companion
websites for more than 500 surnames.