What's in a Name? [Surname Edition]

Sometimes my sisters are so smart.  ;D  Julia suggested to me a little while ago that I should start doing Name posts with surnames.  I said, "Brilliant!"

So, here goes!

Again, these posts are written for you, my fellow writers!  To help you decide on the perfect name for your main character, or give you an idea to make up your own.  Today I am featuring surnames!  If you have any requests, do not hesitate to let me know!!  Whether it is for a name, to find its meaning, or you are just curious if I can find a set of Irish surnames or Greek, Slovenian, German, etc. 

Source:  Location
Usage:  English

Meaning & History
From the name of the English city, which was probably derived from a Brythonic word meaning "yew tree."

A famous bearer of this name was World War I veteran, Alvin C. York, a native Tennessean and recipient of the Medal of Honor.

Source:  Occupation
Usage:  Italian

Meaning & History
From the Italian term palladin, meaning "knight."

Side note:  This is the last name of my concept character Chess, whose full name is Francesca Antonia Palladino.  =]  Have I mentioned I love coming up with name combinations, too? 

Source:  Given Name
Usage:  English

Meaning & History
Derived from the given name, Roger, meaning "famous spear" (of Germanic elements).

Source:  Given Name
Usage:  Irish

Meaning & History
From Ó Flannagáin meaning "descendant of Flannagán."  Originally a given name, meaning "red."

Fairfarren, friends.

Name definitions and history via surname.behindthename.com.
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