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

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

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: