Archives Adds Thousands Of Surname Histories

by Julie Hill

Posted on May 27, 2010

What's behind your name? Now it's easy to find out by running a "Surname Histories" search on Today, Archives integrated The Dictionary of American Family Names - an invaluable resource with information on more than 70,000 of the most common U.S. surnames. The dictionary provides historical explanations, origins, frequencies, associated names, and covers 90 percent of the U.S. population.

To run a search for a surname, log in to Go to the "Search" tab and select "Surname Histories" from the drop-down menu. Enter your surname, or a surname you're curious to learn more about, and Archives will return matching results.


Surname histories can hold surprising information, and can augment and enhance what we know about our families. Archives is committed to continually adding new content, to help you learn more about your ancestors. The Dictionary of American Family Names is a great addition to our Collections, and we're excited to provide Archives members with unlimited access.

Run a "Surname Histories" search now to learn more about your name...

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