Family names

In China around 2852 BCE, by imperial decree, Family names were first adopted.

      2852 BCE

Additional Information:

  • Surname – Wikipedia
    History. While given names have been used from the most distant times to identify individuals, the advent of surnames is a relatively recent phenomenon. … He elaborated on the origins; “Some surnames have origins that are occupational – obvious examples are Smith and Baker.
  • Surnames Meanings, Origins & Distribution Maps – Forebears
    A surname is part of a personal name that is passed from either or both parents to their offspring. Customs on the format of surnames change from region to region and their use has changed over time.
  • What’s In a Name? Your Link to the Past
    ‘What is in a name? Very much if the wit of man could find it out.’ Whoever penned this well known saying undoubtedly had it right – in England alone there are around 45,000 different surnames – each with a history behind it.

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