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Surnames Research Resources

ONLINE SURNAME SEARCH | WEBSITES (GENERAL) | WEBSITES (BY NATIONALITY) | BOOKS (GENERAL) | BOOKS (BY NATIONALITY) | FAMILY TREE PODCASTS

Ancestry

Behind the Name

British Surnames

FamilySearch

Forebears

Geneanet

WEBSITES (GENERAL)

American Name Society

Cyndi’s List: Surnames, Family Associations and Family Newsletters Index

American Names: Declaring Independence

Top 100 Most Common Last Names in the United States

WEBSITES (BY NATIONALITY)

Chinese

101 Most Common Surnames in China and Their Meanings

Czech

Czech Surnames

Danish

Danish Naming Traditions

Dutch

Olive Tree Genealogy: Dutch Patronymics of the 1600s

English

Independent: The 25 most common surnames in Britain – and what they say about your family history

German

What Does Your German Last Name Mean?

Hispanic

Most Popular Hispanic Last Names and the History Behind Them

Italian

Italy Heritage: Italian Surnames

Italian Naming Traditions and their Ramifications

Irish

Old Irish-Gaelic Surnames

Mapping Irish Surnames

Jewish

Is My Surname Jewish?

Norwegian

Understanding Norwegian Naming Patterns

Polish

Polish Naming Customs

Scottish

100 Most Common Surnames

Welsh

The History of Welsh Surnames

BOOKS (GENERAL)

Discovering Surnames: Their Origins and Meanings by J.W. Freeman (Shire Publications)

First Names in Local and Family History by George Redmonds (Dundurn Press)

Nicknames Past and Present by Christine Rose (Rose Family Association)

Trace Your Roots with DNA by Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak and Ann Turner (Rodale)

BOOKS (BY NATIONALITY)

Chinese

Chinese Names: The Traditions Surrounding the Use of Chinese Surnames and Personal Names by Russell Jones (Pelanduk Publications)

In Search of Your Asian Roots: Genealogical Resources of Chinese Surnames by Sheau-Yue Chao (Clearfield Co.)

English and Welsh

Dictionary of English Surnames by R.M. Wilson and P.H. Reaney (Oxford University Press)

A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames With Special American Instances by Charles Wareing Bardsley (Clearfield Co.)

The Surnames of Wales: For Family Historians and Others by John and Sheila Rowlands (Genealogical Publishing Co.)

German

A Dictionary of German-Jewish Surnames by Lars Menk (Avotaynu)

Hispanic

Hispanic Surnames and Family History by Lyman D. Platt (Genealogical Publishing Co.)

Irish

Clans and Families of Ireland: The Heritage and Heraldry of Irish Clans and Families by John Grenham (Book Sales)

The All New Surnames of Ireland by Edward Neafsey (Irish Genealogical Foundation)

Special Report on Surnames in Ireland by Sir Robert E. Matheson (Genealogical Publishing Co.)

Genealogist’s Guide to the Various Spellings of Irish Names by Michael C. O’Laughlin (Irish Genealogical Foundation)

Families of County Cork, Ireland: From the Earliest Times to the 20th Century: Irish Family Surnames with Locations and Origins by Michael C. O’Laughlin (O’Laughlin Press)

Italian

Our Italian Surnames by Joseph G. Fucilla (Genealogical Publishing Co.)

Jewish

A Dictionary of Jewish Surnames from the Russian Empire by Alexander Beider (Avotaynu)

A Dictionary of Jewish Surnames from the Kingdom of Poland by Alexander Beider (Avotaynu)

Jewish Surnames from Prague (15th-18th Centuries) by Alexander Beider (Avotaynu)

Polish

Polish Surnames: Origins and Meanings, 2nd edition, by William F. Hoffman (Polish Genealogical Society)

Scottish

Collins Guide to Scots Kith and Kin: A Guide to the Clans and Surnames of Scotland (HarperCollins)

The Scottish Macs: Family Names of Scotland and the Scots-Irish by James B. Johnston (Irish Genealogical Foundation)

Surnames of Scotland: Their Origin, Meaning and History by George F. Black (Churchill & Dunn, Ltd)

The Origin and Signification of Scottish Surnames: With a Vocabulary of Christian Names by Clifford Stanley Sims (Palala Press)

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