The Family of Joris Dircksen Brinckerhoff: 1638 (Classic Reprint)
Excerpt from The Family of Joris Dircksen Brinckerhoff: 1638
The Egyptians, Assyrians, Babylonians, Persians, and 'greeks, had no surnames.
Surnames have originated in various ways. Some are derived from the names of places; others from offices and professions; from personal peculiarities; from the Christian or proper name of the father from the performance of certain actions; from objects in the animal, mineral and vegetable world, and from accidental circumstances of every varied character.
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