What Is the Meaning of Your Spanish Last Name?

What Is the Meaning of Your Spanish Last Name?

Have you ever wondered about your Spanish last name  and how it came to be? Spanish surnames  (apellidos) first came into use around the twelfth century, as populations began to expand to the point where it became necessary to distinguish between individuals with the...
Is Your Last Name of English Origin?

Is Your Last Name of English Origin?

English surnames as we know them today — family names passed down intact from father to son to grandson — weren’t widely used until after the Norman conquest of 1066. Prior to that time there just weren’t enough people to really make it...
They Died of What? Historic Causes of Death

They Died of What? Historic Causes of Death

Two centuries ago doctors were dealing with medical conditions such as burns, asthma, , and that are still familiar today. However, they were also contending with deaths caused by such things as auge (malaria), dropsy (edema), or spontaneous combustion (especially of...
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