These Last Names May Reveal That You Have Royal Blood

Most of us don’t know all the details of our family trees. But you may have suspicions about your ancestors, even if you don’t know a lot your genealogy. For instance, certain last names in the depths of your family tree might link you to royal blood.

Read on to discover the last names that could reveal a link to royalty in your family tree.

What’s in a last name?

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A family’s status in society can persist for centuries. As Quartz reports, the English upper classes first adopted surnames in the 11th century.

Many of those original last names — including Baskerville, Darcy, Montgomery, Neville, Percy, and Talbot — “persisted at the very top of society for generations.” Such last names indicate you came from a wealthy family. But some surnames also reveal royal blood.

The Tab reports you may be able to find a link just by looking for last names associated with royalty in your family tree. The British aristocracy has a famously complex name system. But the family trees of prominent families are well-recorded.

Next: These last names could link you to British aristocracy.

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