What Does Your Name Mean?
The use of last names, or surnames, became much more prevalent in 1066, after the Norman Conquest. Since this time, surnames have become the norm in society—with a few exceptions, Madonna, Prince and Cher. The origin of your last name largely depends on the ethnic background of your ancestors. For example, Spanish people commonly use Catholic Saints' names, Orthodox Jews are required by religious law to name one of their babies after a deceased relative and the Chinese usually have three names, a family name, a generation name and an individual name. - See more at: http://genealogy-search-review.toptenreviews.com/what-does-your-name-mean.html#sthash.spZaRQ3F.dpuf