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Whether your surname is Smith or Shivasubramanian or Su, these quizzes will teach you something new!   There are 15 quizzes in this category.
Take Surnames - The Mixed Quiz ( Scores )
What do you know about this topic? Play this mixed game to try a little bit of everything!
Ye Olde Shopping Trippe

It's 9am in the Middle Ages and I'm going shopping. Come with me and meet some people who obtained their surname from their profession. Your assignment is to match the names with the trade or business.
Average (10 qns)
Nov 03 12
774 plays
Fun with Surnames

We all have one, but how much do we know about the surnames that we hear in our everyday life?
Difficult (20 qns)
Apr 12 05
7419 plays
Ye Olde Shopping Trippe - Day 2

It's 9am in the Middle Ages and I'm off on day two of a shopping extravaganza. Come with me around the town and see if you can match the surnames to the trades those people performed.
Average (10 qns)
Nov 28 12
621 plays
German Jewish Surnames - Their Meanings

Some of these names may sound familiar, some may be unusual, but they all have a story to tell.
Tough (10 qns)
Jan 16 08
1293 plays
Irish Family Names

I'll give you the original Gaelic word it comes from and you give me the anglicised version.
Average (15 qns)
Sep 11 01
6111 plays
Occupations and Surnames

Many surnames in the British Isles have derived from the occupations of our ancestors. Tell me which surname links with which occupation.
Tough (10 qns)
May 25 08
3432 plays
Occupational Surnames

There are many surnames that derive from the names of old professions. Smith and Baker are obvious examples. I will give you the surname and you decide what occupation that surname indicates.
Difficult (10 qns)
Aug 11 02
3003 plays
Icelandic Surnames

The Icelanders are famous for having a different surname system to everyone else. This quiz outlines some of the tendencies of Icelandic families and their surnames.
Average (10 qns)
Feb 10 05
579 plays
The Meaning of Biblical Names

Onomastics or onomatology is the name given to the science that studies proper names, their origins and meanings. The Bible brings several interesting names, but have you ever thought about their meanings?
Average (10 qns)
May 03 08
3066 plays
Origin of Surnames

Surnames refer to where an ancestor lived, what he was like, what job he did or who his dad or mum were. Many of those everyday surnames haven surprising origins.See if you can decipher any.
Tough (10 qns)
Feb 04 02
4284 plays
The Derivation of English Occupational Surnames

Many surnames are derived from occupations. The following ten common English surnames may all stem from an ancestor's job. How many do you know?
Difficult (10 qns)
Dec 22 12
675 plays
Origin of Surnames

There are four categories here: names derived from other names, like Jackson; from locality, like Hill; 'nicknames', like Cruickshank which means bowlegged and occupational names such as Smith, Baker, etc. See if you find your way in it.
Difficult (10 qns)
Jan 29 02
1659 plays
British Surnames - 1

Some questions which focus on some common British surnames and their likely origins. How many can you identify?
Difficult (10 qns)
Nov 03 03
1128 plays
Meanings of Family Names 2

On request, I am doing another quiz. Have fun.
Difficult (20 qns)
Apr 24 01
1167 plays
Meanings of Family Names 1

We hear about the meanings of given names, but not much about our family names. This quiz is to make us aware of our family heritage.
Tough (10 qns)
Apr 23 01
4191 plays
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