Do you have one of the seven types of English surnames?

Picture: Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images
Picture: Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images

There are around 45,000 English surnames that have been inherited since people started to need a bit of specificity when referring to 'John'.

According to, this became commonplace around the time of Norman conquest in 1066, when the population grew.

Surnames began to follow along the lines of roughly seven formats, and if you have an English surname the chances are one of them fits the bill for you:

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