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Where Does My Surname Originated from?

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Surnames were originally derived from the first name of the father, the locality that someone lived, occupation or social status, and nicknames that described personality. Today, however, the surname is passed down through generations and is the fixed name in common for a family. They were first used in Europe in the 10th or 11th century.
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A surname and is also known as a last name or family name, is a fixed name shared in common with the members of a family and is passed down from generation to generation.
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1. Locate some reputable surname Websites. Two of them that might be of much use are anzestry.com and originsnetwork.com. Although these two sites will charge a fee for the research
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It looks like it might be English/Irish or generally Anglo-Saxon according to Ancestry.com ( http://www.ancestry.com/name-ori... ) but after doing a bit more searching, I found this
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As far as recorded history tells us the name Reaney has three different areas of recent origin. It is believed that they are not connected. The name has various spellings such as
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Gaelic.
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