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Does every surname originate from a former job the holder's ancestors used to do?

For instance, Smiths were apparently either black smiths or gold smiths etc I know names have changed overtime so they don't often resemble the original format/meaning What are yours thoughts on this?

Asked By: Dappa D - 2/6/2012
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No, some surnames do (Carpenter, Smith, Potter, Baker, Farmer, Taylor, etc.), but by no means all names... More
Answered By: Gary C - 2/6/2012
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Yeah pretty much every one! Some people would change their names which is why some names are not former jobs. But alot come from over sea country's like when the Normans invaded and the Saxons etc..
Answered By: Water - 2/6/2012
 
Ok, so what did the ancestors of the name 'Smotherbottom' used to do for a living
Answered By: First Ascent 4 Thistle - 2/6/2012
 
I would say no. In the UK it may be seen that why more, but in the rest of the world names can come from a region, clan, parentage.
Answered By: John Wayne Fan - 2/6/2012
 
Um, nope... More
Answered By: Songbird - 2/6/2012
 
I don't think Mr. Lipshits is going to like this question!
Answered By: dr. love - 2/6/2012
 
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