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Whether your surname is Smith or Shivasubramanian or Su, these quizzes will teach you something new!
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1 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 Q
Tizzabelle
Nov 03 12
390 plays
2 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 Q
severnriver
Jan 16 08
1209 plays
3 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 Q
Tizzabelle
Nov 28 12
363 plays
4 Irish Family Names
I'll give you the original Gaelic word it comes from and you give me the anglicised version.
Average
15 Q
Morrigan716
Sep 11 01
5754 plays
5 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.
Difficult
10 Q
flem-ish
Feb 04 02
2283 plays
6 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 Q
ArtieChoke
Aug 11 02
2868 plays
7 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 Q
riobr
May 03 08
1428 plays
8 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 Q
Flynn_17
Feb 10 05
522 plays
9 Meanings of Family Names 2
On request, I am doing another quiz. Have fun.
Difficult
20 Q
finlady
Apr 24 01
1068 plays
10 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 Q
flem-ish
Jan 29 02
1587 plays
11 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 Q
Belleiscute
Dec 22 12
588 plays
12 British Surnames - 1
Some questions which focus on some common British surnames and their likely origins. How many can you identify?
Very Difficult
10 Q
bracklaman
Nov 03 03
1032 plays
13 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.
Very Difficult
10 Q
finlady
Apr 23 01
1521 plays
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