The Select Surnames3 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:
Abercrombie. The Scottish
surname Abercrombie originated from
the place-name Abercromby in Fife, a
name of Pictish origin
meaning “mouth of the bendy river.” Abercromby as a surname was
recorded there in 1296. The spelling had tended to become
Abercrombie by the
Goodyear. Goodyear, as its
name suggests, means "good year" and was initially a greeting like
"good day" or "good bye." Early spellings
of the surname were Goodere
and Goodyere. One family, the Gooderes
de Pointon, dates from the 13th century and the village of Poynton in
Hurst, Hirst, and
root of Hurst is the Old
English hyrst, meaning a wooded hill, and the surname is
probably derived from a
place-name with that spelling. The Hirst spelling is native to
Yorkshire. Another spelling is Hearst, first found in Belfast and
William Randolph Hearst, in America.
Lehman. The surname Lehman
is of German and Swiss
origin. The northern German Lehmann, first written Lehemann and
Lehenmann, initially described a feudal tenant and came to be used for
farmer. The Swiss and sometime southern German definition is one
lives by a lehn, a gentle slope. Lehman was also adopted
Tracy. The Gaelic word treasach meaning "warlike" or "fighter" gave rise to various O'Treasaigh septs. O'Treasagh was most often anglicized as Treacy, sometimes as Tracey, and often in its travels to America as Tracy.
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).
Enjoy the site!
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. 100
surnames from Archer to Yardley.
- Select Surnames 3. 120 surnames from Abercrombie to Woodruff.
- Select Surnames 4. 120 surnames from Abbott to Wynn.