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What's in a name?

- William Shakespeare, Romeo & Juiliet

Their fated relationship suggests quite a lot. But have you ever sat down and thought about the origins and history or your last name? Where did it all began and how much influence did the name wield?

The Flash Drive's Carl Wastie went in search for the history and origins behind his surname and what he found took him by surprise.

Carl found that most Wastie families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1880 there were 2 Wastie families living in New York, according to the recorded Wastie's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Wastie families in 1880.

According to Ancestry.com, many of the Wastie's were butchers!

How insane is that!
Armed with the power of the internet, Carl extended his search and invited you to share your last name and so the digging into the history of your last name began.

Carl Wastie spoke to Tanya who wanted to know the origins of her maiden surname, Jobe.
The surname Jobe dates as far back as 1066!

If you want to find out where you surname stems from and it's history, visit www.ancestry.com and www.houseofnames.com.

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