Most Popular English (British) Last Names Or Surnames

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Adams

It is derived from Adam, which means a ‘Man’ in Hebrew. The origins of this last name date back to the pre-medieval period. In the Old Testament, Adam is also referred to as ‘the earth’ from where God created the man.

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Bennett

This last name belongs to the 12th Century and is derived from ‘Benedict’ or ‘Benedictus’ in Latin, which means ‘Blessed’

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Anderson

Anderson refers to ‘Son of Andrew’. Andrew, which first appeared in the 14th Century in Scotland, is a Greek word that means a ‘Man’ or ‘Manly’. Anderson is known to be one of the most common surnames in Sweden.

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Butler

This last name was brought to Ireland with Anglo-Norman invasion in the 12th Century. It is an occupational name that refers to ‘a wine steward’ or ‘the chief servant of a medieval household’.

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Cooper

Bradley Cooper, the world-renowned actor, is a bearer of this last name. This occupational last name refers to ‘Maker’ or ‘Repairer’ of wooden vessels.

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Edwards

It is a variation of Edwardes and Edwardson and originated from Olde English pre 7th Century. Edwards refers to ‘Prosperity guard’.

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Graham

Originated from Old English, Graham is a variant of Grahame or Graeme and refers to a ‘Grey home’.

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Jackson

This common surname has English and Scottish origin. The patronymic name means ‘Son of Jack’.

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Kennedy

Kennedy means ‘Someone with an ugly head’ or is derived from the Anglicized form of the term Ceanneidigh referring to the ‘Descendant of Ceanneidigh’.

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Lawrence

Lawrence has its origins in English, Italian, and French. The habitational last name refers to ‘Someone from Laurentium’ a town near Italy.

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