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Anonymous asked in Arts & HumanitiesGenealogy · 2 months ago

is everyone with the last name related?

Update:

Some families are really big so I think maybe is possible.

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  • John P
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Everyone in the whole world is related if you go back far enough, say a couple of hundred thousand years. With a rare surname you might find fairly recent common ancestors, but with a common surname like Smith you would need to research several hundreds of thousands (possibly millions) of people in Britain alone! 

  • 1 month ago

    It depends on the surname. With a very unusual surname, there may be only one family in the States with that name. With a more common surname such as Lee, Smith, Miller, Brown, Williams, Anderson or Gonzalez, there could be many unrelated families with that name. A common surname, such as Hernandez, could come from Spain, Cuba, Mexico, or South or Central America, but those people are not all going to be related.

  • Kate
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    No not really. From hundreds of years ago people were commonly named according to their profession or trade. eg: Cowherd became Coward, Smith comes from trades like Blacksmith. Some names are more common than others because of the numbers of people in that trade so the name grew worldwide as families grew.

  • Rico
    Lv 5
    2 months ago

    In the sense that all people have a common ancestor, everyone with the same surname is related, but in the context of genealogy, the evidence to prove a connection doesn’t always exist and the relationships can be so extreme as to be considered not related at all. 

    Some people from cultures which traditionally don’t have surnames just made them up, or, as in the situation ‘retired old sarge' commented, adopted the surname of their former masters.

    Other family names, like Smith, could be derived from various types of metal workers, meaning that Joe Smith might be descended from a blacksmith, while Jane smith is descended from a goldsmith. 

    Likewise patronymic surnames can be derived from many different 'Jacks', ,Johns', ‘Bens' and so on.

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  • 2 months ago

    NO... IT'S A FACT of HISTORY and IS TRUE THAT MOST BLACKS TOOK THE NAMES OF THEIR OWNERS and MASTERS... HOW come ALL THE BLACKS are not out there CHANGING THEIR NAMES FROM THE NAMES THEIR MASTER GAVE THEM...

  • Ludwig
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    Yes.   I have met several people called Chan.   Almost all of them were Chinese, so that seems to prove it.

  • 2 months ago

    All I know is all humans are related, so it follows that all people with the same surname are related to varying degrees.

  • 2 months ago

    not always --------------

  • Expat
    Lv 6
    2 months ago

    No, not all people with all names. Some names it may be the case, but certainly not all. Some family names were used in multiple places and then many names became altered and written in English or other languages that weren’t the original names families carried. Brown, for example, was used in England, Ireland and Scotland and many Americans with the name were originally Braun, the German spelling as well as others. It’s tricky, so - no, is the answer. 

  • Zirp
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    Ultimately, all humans are related. Genetically, you and I are some type of distant cousins, in 47 different ways.

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