The origins of UK surnames and the impacts on genealogy

In the UK, surnames were not initially hereditary but gradually became so by the 1300s. A variety of factors including rapid population growth and an expanding legal system meant that individuals needed to be identified in greater detail. Particularly in the UK, surnames tend to fall into four main groups – description, location, occupation, and patronym.

In their informative blog, Title Research answers frequently asked questions about the origins of UK surnames and the impacts they can have on genealogy. More specifically, it answers:

·       What are the origins of UK surnames?

·       Can surnames cause challenges in genealogical research?

·       How immigration can affect UK surnames

·       The emergence of new surnames

Click here to read the blog.

Title Research provides a range of genealogical research and asset repatriation services for legal professionals. Their services are designed to streamline the estate administration process, take the effort out of locating the correct people or assets, and mitigate the risk of future disputes or complications. If you have any questions about genealogical research, asset repatriation, or how you can work with Title Research, call them on 0345 87 27 600 or email

This article was submitted to be published by Title Research as part of their advertising agreement with Today’s Wills and Probate. The views expressed in this article are those of the submitter and not those of Today’s Wills and Probate.

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