Our research uses the most up-to-date evidence and techniques in order to create a more detailed and accurate resource than those currently available.
We have paid particular attention, wherever possible, to linking family names to locations.
The ‘Family Names of the United Kingdom Project’, which is being carried out by a team at University of the West of England – Bristol, has reached a key milestone with the completion of the first phase of the database with 45,000 surnames researched and explained.
The full dictionary of surnames is due to be published by Oxford University Press in 2016.
Kingdom of Croatia and Kingdom of Hungary formed a personal union of two kingdoms united under the Hungarian king.The act of union was deal with Pacta conventa, by which institutions of separate Croatian statehood were maintained through the Sabor (an assembly of Croatian nobles) and the ban (viceroy).In addition, the Croatian nobles retained their lands and titles.An alliance was a union of two families and that required legitimate children. In the early part of the period a couple(usually in their late teens or early twenties) would decide they want to marry, call over family and friends, have a small celebration and follow a folk ritual - an exchange of rings and promises or drinking from the same cup.The Church had trouble making people see a priest in some cases.