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Subject: Re: [DNA] Creation of Surnames
Date: Tue, 19 Sep 2006 10:30:52 -0400 (EDT)
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Probably you are right. Organixed government and censuses required
surmanes. If youdidn't have one or take one, you were given one. EGT

> My layman perspective is that the invention of the printing press was
> also a major factor in the use of surnames. Because books became much
> more available after the 1400s, reading and writing and therefore
> recording became more prevalent. Once common facts such as marriages
> began to get recorded we needed some way of better distinguishing
> individuals.
> I suspect many of these surnames existed prior to that time in some
> form. For example I imagine my ancestors may have been refered to as the
> Vics possibly due to their ancient Viking roots. So I might have had a
> Joseph the Vic as a 20 G gf in some SW English hamlet in 1350.
> Ray Vick
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