The Select Surname List
Welcome to the Select Surname List. This site contains the history and genealogy of the 100 most common surnames of English, Scottish, Irish and Welsh origin that spread to the wider English-speaking world.
The following are some of the surnames that are covered
Cox. The male bird, the cock,
was often used as a
nickname to describe the natural pertness of boys, like the habits of a
strutting fowl. Both swaggered and both could crow. Thus
became the general sobriquet for a sharp and forward lad.
was Anglo-Saxon, predating the Norman arrival. Alvin Coc was
a dispossessed Saxon in the 1086 Domesday Book.
Hamilton. The Hamiltons in
Scotland were Anglo-Norman
by origin. They had taken their name from the now deserted
Hamilton in Leicestershire through which they had passed on their way
Scotland. The name Hamilton comes
from the Old English hamel meaning "crooked" and dun
There appears to be English, Norman French, and Welsh origins
surname Lewis. The Old English leofwine, meaning "beloved
friend," was one source. Lodovicus, the founder of the Frankish
dynasty and whose name came over to England with the Normans was
another. Over time these
names became Lewis. And in Wales Lewis could have come from
Morgan is the anglicized form of the old
Welsh name Morcant. Some believe that the name has Celtic
the Celtic goddess of beauty, Morrigan.
The surname traces its origin from the powerful Welsh family
around 1330 by Morgan ap Llewelyn who adopted Morgan as a surname. The county of Glamorgan took its name from
Morgan Mwynfawr and the early Morgan princes of south Wales.
The table below shows the
list of the 100 surnames that are reviewed. Simply choose
a surname below and click on it.
Top 100 Surnames in the English-speaking World
Check the Surnames section of this website for the ranking and total numbers for any of the surnames shown above. We welcome any suggestions or thoughts you might have. Just click on the email address below and send us your message.
The top ten surnames for each region of the English speaking world can be found on the separate page of Top Ten Surnames.
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PS. If your surname does not appear in the list above, you might want to check out the surname page in this website. It covers surname genealogy for more than 800 surnames. These surnames are to be found in this and these companion websites:
- Select Surname list. The 100 most common surnames.
- Select Surname. 100
surnames from Ainsworth to York.
- Select Surnames. 100 surnames from Adams to
- Select Surnames 2. 120
surnames from Archer to Yardley.
- Select Surnames 3. 120 surnames from Abercrombie to Woodruff.
- Select Surnames 4. 120 surnames from Abbott to Wynn.