The last name ‘Smith’ has been around for a very long time. It dates back to when forging weapons and armour for knights was a common working man’s job. The name ‘Smith’ came from an Old English word that likely meant “to strike.”
“Schmidt” is the German form of the name Smith.
This popular Spanish name comes from the word ‘Lupus,’ which means ‘wolf’ in Latin.
The last name ‘Thomas’ comes from an ancient Aramaic word “תאומא” which means “Twin.”
The name “Hill” was first used in Old England, and it referred to a family who lived on a hill. Some families got the name “Hill” through the name Hildebrand or Hilliard.
The name Murphy has ties in both Ireland and Norway/Sweden. It is believed that the name comes from an old word that essentially meant “Sea Warrior” so, it’s pretty bada$$.
Yep… I don’t know why I threw this in here. However, the name BAKER didn’t just came from people who baked, it also came from people who owned a kiln for firing pottery.
If your last name is ‘Hall’ then your ancestors will have likely worked in a home or ‘hall’ doing any number of jobs from cleaning to serving.
Anything with ‘Son’ at the end
If you’re like me and have a last name with ‘son’ at the end, such as “Thompson, Robinson, Henderson, Anderson, Jacobson’ etc, then your last name just means ‘Son of ____.’
Let’s hope your last name isn’t A$#tchson.
In Welsh, the name ‘Evans’ derives from ‘Yohanan’ which means ‘young warrior’ in Celtic.
In Spanish, this name means ‘son of Martin’ which , by the way, comes from the name Mars, the god of war.
The name ‘Philips” comes from the Greek name ‘Philippos,’ meaning “lover of horses.”
This last name comes straight from the animal, the fox. It was given to people who were either particularly clever OR had red hair. The last name ‘Russell’ also comes from people who had red hair.
The name White referred to both people who had a light complexion (both skin and hair) and people who lived near the bend of a river.
In Korea, 1 in 5 people have the last name Kim, which happens to mean ‘gold’ in their language.
Li is the second-most popular last name on the planet. It was given to people who lived near plum trees.
In Old English, “Lee” translates to “open place” which probably referred to a meadow.
This Scottish name derives from the ancient word “stigweard” which was used to describe someone who handled administrative tasks for a big royal household.
The word Clark means ‘personal scribe’ and was given to people who documented things for people.
The name ‘Walker’ was likely given to people who did what was called ‘fulling.’ They would literally walk on cloth in order to improve its quality.
This name was given to people who’s profession was to transport goods via a wooden cart. Carter.