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Thuggish from Vegas is reading Day of the Jackal February 7, 2015 - 8:25pm

http://articles.myheritage.com/9-last-names-brink-extinction/?lang=EN&ut...

 

Last names with less than 20 bearers:
Sallow
Fernsby
Villin (Villan)
Miracle
Dankworth
Relish
MacQuoid
Loughty
Birdwhistle
Berrycloth
Tumbler
Endangered last names with under 200 bearers:
Ajax
Edevane
Gastrell
Slora
Last names presumed extinct since 2011:
Bread
MacCaa
Spinster
Pussett, Puscat and Pussmaid
Bythesea and Bytheseashore
So, why are so many names becoming extinct? Names linked to uncommon professions or geographic places are dying out slowly unlike the more popular Smith and Baker. Also, many last names were wiped out during war when young men died in battle taking with them their distinctive last names of the villages and hamlets they came from.
Many of these were British names which, just like people, have migrated across the shores to America or Australasia, which means the names have moved to a new home. Other last names, like those from Eastern Europe, have become anglicized and popular in Britain taking over the traditional British names.
- See more at: http://articles.myheritage.com/9-last-names-brink-extinction/?lang=EN&ut...

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jyh from VA is reading whatever he feels like February 8, 2015 - 11:05am

Always liked Ajax. But it's now a brand more famous than the name, I think. No one wants to be named after a scouring powder.