Derived from middle english beste meaning beast an occupational name for a keeper of animals or a nickname for someone who acted like a beast a famous bearer of this surname was soccer legend george best 1946 2005. English surnames as we know them today family names passed down intact from father to son to grandson werent widely used until after the norman conquest of 1066 prior to that time there just werent enough people to really make it necessary to use anything other than a single name. Some surnames honored a patron hickman was hicks man hick being a nickname for richard kilpatrick was a follower of patrick wondering whether your family name is english try plugging your surname into the ancestry last names meanings and origins widget type in the surname duffield and youll see its english a . Discover the meaning and history behind your last name your last name gives you a sense of identity and helps you discover who you are and where you come from. This interesting surname derives from the olde english pre 7th century englisc meaning english and was originally given as a distinguishing name to an angle as distinct from a saxon both the angles and saxons were west german people who invaded england in the 5th and 6th centuries ad
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