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The evolution of hereditary surnames
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already appear arose became become body of surnames Britain century onwards common surname Conquest derived from personal developed distribution East Anglia evidence example existed fourteenth century Gaelic Gaelic-speaking hereditary names hereditary surnames history of surnames hypochoristic forms individual surnames instances Lancashire landholders landowners large numbers locative names locative surnames meaning mediaeval metronymics Middle Ages Middle English Midlands migration nicknames north of England number of surnames occupational names occupational surnames occur Old English Oxfordshire parish personal names pet form places population prefix present day probably ramified rare regions Scandinavian Scotland Scots Scots-speaking seems serfs seventeenth century single family sixteenth century someone sometimes sources spelt surnames and by-names surnames derived surnames ending surnames formed surnames from personal surnames or by-names surnames originating survived Sussex thirteenth century topographical names topographical surnames topographical term twelfth century usually village Wales Welsh surnames west Midlands West Yorkshire word Yorkshire