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  • Italian Last Names

    The way your Italian surname is spelled can tell you a lot about where your family is from. For example, surnames ending in -o come from southern ... read more

  • Jewish Last Names

    Jewish last names are a relatively new phenomenon, historically speaking. Sephardic Jews (from areas around the Mediterranean) did not start adoptin... read more

  • Korean Last Names

    The most common last name in South Korea is Kim. In fact in a population of a little more than 50 million, one in five are named Kim. One in 10 a... read more

  • Lithuanian Last Names

    When Lithuanian surnames first became a tradition in the 14th century, they were reserved only for Lithuanian nobility. Perhaps this is the reason... read more

  • Muslim Last Names

    Followers of Islam often take on a last name with religious connotation. Last names are often associated with God or the Prophet. For instance, Ab... read more

  • Native American Last Names

    Native Americans do not have surnames. However, they often have two names, one of which is not made public because that would allow others power o... read more

  • Norwegian Last Names

    If you have a Norwegian last name, you find it a little difficult to trace your family history back further than a few generations. That's because... read more

  • Polish Last Names

    Polish last names were most often derived from places, family patriarchs or nicknames. Names derived from places usually ended in -ski, meaning "o... read more

  • Portuguese Last Names

    You probably knew that there are many people in Brazil with Portuguese last names, but did you know that there are a number in India who can trace... read more

  • Scandinavian Last Names

      Brief Historical Context of Scandinavian Names and Language The region of northern Europe made up of Sweden, Norway, and Denmark is cal... read more

  • Scottish Last Names

    Like the English, the people of Scotland didn't really use last names until they were introduced by the Normans in 1066. Many Scottish last names ... read more

  • Slavic Last Names

    Many Slavic surnames are created by adding the possessive suffixes to given names and other chosen words. Use the list below to find your last ... read more

  • Spanish Last Names

    Like many cultures, last names of Spanish origin are derived from family names, place names, descriptive names or names of occupations. Spanish na... read more

  • Swedish Last Names

    Surnames were not originally common in Sweden. Before the 1900s, the patronymic tradition (where children’s father’s first name became their last... read more

  • Swiss Last Names

    In Switzerland, you'll find last names with French, Italian, German, and Romansh roots, all of which are official languages in Switzerland. The... read more

  • Ukrainian Last Names

    Originally, Ukrainian surnames were reserved for the upper class. It wasn’t until Ukraine became part of the Austrian Empire that peasants were gi... read more

  • Vietnamese Last Names

    The Vietnamese began using last names in about 111 B.C., when China conquered Vietnam. China has uses last names for thousands of years. When duri... read more