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. 

The site contains select surnames of English, Scottish, Welsh, Irish and other origin.  The following are some of the surnames that are covered here:

Cannon.  The Cannon surname has nothing to do with cannon as a firearm.  Instead, it has Gaelic and English origins.  The Irish Cannon was an anglicized form of the Gaelic O’Canain, a personal name derived from cana meaning “wolf cub;” while the English Cannon came from the word canun which described someone or was a nickname for someone who worked in a clergy house. 

Landry.  Landry as a name was to be found in France from very early times.  Saint Landry was recorded as the Bishop of Seez as early as 450 AD.  Landry later emerged as a surname, although it has not been that common in France.  But the name did appear in villages around Loudon in Poitou in the mid-17th century.  This area was the place of origin for a significant number of the Acadians, one of the early founding people of New France in Canada. 

Morrow.  The Morrow surname had Gaelic origins and occurred in both Scotland and Ireland.  The principal concentration of the name became Ulster in Ireland, probably because of the influx of Scots Irish into that area.  Some Murrays became Morrows there.  Murray would have been pronounced “Morrah” or ”Morroh,” similar to Morrow, in Ulster. 

Park.  In medieval times the park, from the French parc, was a fenced-in hunting area, kept specially for the use of royalty and nobility.  The keeper of the park held a position of status and trust as he had the powers of arrest and punishment.  This occupation has supplied the surnames Parik, Parks, and Parkes. 

Schultz.  Schulz and Schultz are common German family names.  Derived from the word schulheize, the original meaning was as a collector of dues and taxes on behalf of the lord of the manor.  By the 13th century the name was developing a more specific meaning as the head man or alderman of the village.   It was to be found principally in northern Germany, with concentrations around such large cities as Berlin, Hamburg and Hanover.

The table below shows the list of the 50 surnames that are reviewed here.    

Site Map: Select Names

Allison Crichton Grace McGowan Rivers
Alston Darling Gregory McKean Samuelson
Beal Dreyfus          
Haley Moran Schlesinger
Bergman Eaton 
Hogan Morrow Schultz
Blanchard  Epstein Key Napier Steele
Cannon Erickson Klinger Nixon Thackeray
Carver Fearnley Landry Noble Tindall
Cobb Francis Lennox Park Wagstaff
Cochrane Freeman Linklater       
Penfold Wilcox           
Gibbs McEwen Riddle/Riddell Willoughby

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: