It wasn't until after the Norman Conquest in 1066 that the English began to use last names. But by the 15th century, nearly every family had one. English last names come from a variety of sources, including places, nicknames, estate names, occupations and physical attributes. Today, there are about 45,000 English last names
Use the list below to find your last name and learn about its meaning and origins.
Most Popular English Last Names on FamilyEducation: Harris, Bell, Smith
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