How were last names invented
how were last names invented, who came up with the idea of having last names
At first people would be called their name and where they are from. 'leonardo de Vinci" is Leonardo from Vinci...gradually people would choose their last names and as evolution goes middle names began to appear and the rest is history ;)
Along with location, they were also used according to position/occupation. Johnson = john's sonSmith = blacksmithEtc. They've changed a good deal however.
It helped identify which john or William you were. Usually by adding where you were from or occupation etc. Such as John the Baker or John from Ludlow.
Because of what the persons job was and some times the put other suffixes on the end example: smith= blacksmith baker= baker or banker= banker or bankerson and etc.
Exactly what paul.darsey & catbird said.
Last names were invented in the pioneer days. When populations started to increase first names became useless. Then surnames became popular and usually came from a person occupation within their city.
last names were invented to differentiate one joe from another
In Scandinavian countries If you were Someones son or Daughter. Farther's name and take the son.ex Nelson Erickson Jensen NielsenIn some parts or Europe would be the place you lived in. It dependents on the Culture. Black people took there Slavemaster's lastman.
My maiden name was Norton - North of town. Last names helped people identify what you did and where you were from.
back during the colonization era of America, people's last names would be what there job was, for instance: if a man was a blacksmith, he would be called (blank) smith
Cause like to many people would have the same first name so they would have like thirty people with the same name come up so they invented the last name to tell specify who there talking about
Last names were used to help identify people with the same first name from each other. Often your father's, mother's, or towns name or location or occupation were used.