The Select Surnames 5 Website

What's in a name?  More than you might think.  Each surname carries an individual history that has been shaped by all the forebears of that name.  In palmistry, the left hand usually tells you what you are born with, the right hand what you made on your life.  So too with family genealogy.  Word origin and DNA will provide a starting point.  But the history and events over time can give these names their distinctive characteristics and traits. 

This site contains select surnames in the English-speaking world of English, Scottish, Welsh, Irish, and other European origin.  The table below shows the list of the 60 surnames that are reviewed here. 

Site Map: Select Names

Dare Grace Menzies Schlesinger
Allison Darling Gregory Moran Schultz
Alston Dreyfus Haley Morrow Sheldon            
Beal Eaton Hogan Napier Shelton
Bergman Edmonds          
Key Nixon Steele
Blanchard Epstein Klinger Noble Thackeray
Cannon Erickson Landry Park Tindall
Fearnley Larson               
Penfold Wagstaff
Carver Fonda Lennox Riddle/Riddell  
Cobb Francis Linklater Rivers Willoughby
Cochrane Freeman McEwen Rowntree Ziegler
Corcoran Garner McGowan Rudd Zimmerman  
Crichton Gibbs McKean Samuelson Zink

Have a look at some of these surnames - other than your own - to see the extent of the rich tapestry of life that can exist in family names.

Each surname on this list includes: a name origin or derivation; a history of the name through time and countries; some notable people who bear this name; and further internet resources on the name (we have only chosen those sites that are readily accessible without charge on the internet).

Enjoy the site!

Colin Shelley

PS.  If your surname does not appear in the list above, you might want to check out the surname page in this website.  It covers surname genealogy for more than 800 surnames.  These surnames are to be found in this and these companion websites: