How Popular Are These Wealthy Last Names?

Posted by sdalton on May 29, 2015 in Surnames

You hear them mentioned all the time, but just how popular are the last names of America’s most wealthy families? And what exactly do those names mean?   Wealthy Surnames | MooseRoots   Discover the meaning of your own last name using the free name origin finder on Ancestry.  

The Geographical Origins of Popular English Surnames

Posted by sdalton on May 28, 2015 in Surnames

Many of us have surnames passed down to us from ancestors in England. Last names weren’t widely used until after the Norman conquest in 1066, but as the country’s population grew, people found it necessary to be more specific when they were talking about somebody else. Thus arose descriptions like Thomas the Baker, Norman son of… Read more

Do You Come From Royal Blood? Your Last Name May Tell You.

Posted by sdalton on May 22, 2015 in Surnames

Do you think your family originated from the top 1 percent? According to a new study of unique last names from around the world, moving in or out of the upper class doesn’t take just a few generations — it takes centuries. Measuring not just income and wealth but also occupation, education, and longevity, researchers… Read more

If George Clooney Is This Guy’s Cousin, Who’s In Your Family Tree?

Posted by Ancestry Team on May 7, 2015 in Celebrity

Eloquence, an interest in politics and global affairs, rugged good looks, the ability to connect with crowds — there’s a lot that Abraham Lincoln and George Clooney have in common. But did you know that the 16th president of the United States and the Oscar-winning actor/director/writer/producer/dreamboat also have a common ancestor? Researchers at Ancestry combed… Read more

What Did People Eat In The 1800s?

Posted by Ancestry Team on April 29, 2015 in Family History

The War of 1812 concluded in 1815, and in the decades to come, the United States developed a vast transportation system, a national bank, and interstate trade. The economy blossomed, and canals, roads, cities, and industrialization expanded. England’s defeat in the War of 1812 also removed barriers to westward expansion and, tragically, accelerated Native American… Read more

Double the Fun: Why You Might Have Multiple Middle Names

Posted by Ancestry Team on April 28, 2015 in Surnames

Two middle names make a statement, one that usually reminds us of country manors, polo games, royalty, and presidents. It’s never been a common practice in the U.S. to give two middle names. With today’s digitized records, it’s become a bit of a bureaucratic mess for those who have four (or more) initials to deal… Read more

How German Are You? What Your DNA Can Tell You.

Posted by Ancestry Team on April 27, 2015 in AncestryDNA

Many boots have marched across Britain, but which invading army bequeathed the most durable legacy? The Romans left their roads. The Normans left their language. But the Germans left their DNA. Of all the armies that have invaded Britain in recorded history, only Anglo-Saxons managed to substantially alter its genetic and ethnic composition. As a… Read more

6 Unusual Last Names You Won’t Believe Exist — But Do!

Posted by Ancestry Team on April 23, 2015 in Surnames

Thanks to “Sherlock”, “The Imitation Game,” and many other movies and television shows, the name Benedict Cumberbatch found its way into our modern pop culture lexicon. Had the rising star been named Benedict Smith or Benedict Miller, would there be as many memes and GIFs? An unusual last name can set you apart from the… Read more