McBride - Bumpus Genealogy
The Origin of Irish Family Names
It is a help when tracing your family
history to know something about the origin of
and evolution of Irish names and particularly
how names have changed over the centuries.
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The History of Last Names
Did your grandparents have a middle name?
If they did, chances are their parents didn't.
The three name system that is fairly standard
among the English speaking countries is a
relatively recent developement.
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The Meaning of Surnames
The use of a surname was originally adopted in order to distinguish two individuals with the same first name, & at first, these last names were not passed down to the next generation.
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