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In most regions and time periods, surnames were assumed based on descent from a male ancestor (usually the father), but in some cases were passed by the mother.Use of the mother's surname is usually due to extenuating circumstances (illegitimacy, posthumous birth, inheritance etc.), though in some regions culture dictated the use of the mother's surname.There are a number of different origins of surnames.
Surnames only arose when families decided they were going to stick to a 'pseudo-surname''.The search for news about your ancestors can be a wonderful adventure, discover the names of the brothers or parents of your grandparents can hold surprises.You can enrich your family tree with the inclusion of old photos.Many Spanish-speaking nations use both the mother and father's surname to create dual surnames.
Historically some families used family or house names that are considered different from surnames.A surname is part of a personal name that is passed from either or both parents to their offspring.