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Here's Australia's list (2007 Census)
Smith derives from Blacksmith (Smithy)
Jones is the patronymic from the Middle English personal nameJon or Jone (John)
Williams is the patronymic from William
Brown is derived from the complexion or hair colour of a person
Wilson is the patronymic of Will a medieval version of William.
Taylor is of course derived from Tailor
Moreton = English and Scottish: habitational name from any of the manyplaces called Mor(e)ton, named in Old English as ‘settlement(tun) by or on a marsh or moor (mor)’.Swedish: variant of Martin.French: contractedform of Moreton
White = English, Scottish, and Irish: from Middle English whit‘white’, hence a nickname for someone with white hair or anunnaturally pale complexion/
Martin = English, Scottish, Irish, French, Dutch, German, Czech, Slovak, Spanish(Martín), Italian (Venice), etc.: from a personal name(Latin Martinus, a derivative of Mars, genitiveMartis, the Roman god of fertility and war, whose name mayderive ultimately from a root mar ‘gleam’). This was borne by afamous 4th-century saint, Martin of Tours, and consequently becameextremely popular throughout Europe in the Middle Ages.
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