How Popular Are These 10 Old Baby Girl Names?

Posted by sdalton on May 29, 2015 in Family History

The popularity of baby names comes and goes, and often a name will make a major comeback decades after it was first popular. Here are 10 baby girl names that were popular in the early 20th century, and how they rank among today’s baby girl names.   Popularity: Number of Babies per 1M | MooseRoots… Read more

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

Is Your Rare Surname About to Go Extinct?

Posted by Ancestry Team on May 21, 2015 in Surnames

You probably don’t know anyone with the name Chips, Hatman, Woodbead, or Nithercott. That’s because they’re among the approximately 200,000 surnames that have disappeared in England and Wales since 1901. Hundreds more may soon follow. The actors Bill Nighy, Helen Mirren, and Hugh Bonneville, for instance, all have endangered last names on the verge of… Read more