Ancestry.com. English and Welsh Surname Dictionary [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2003.Original data: Bardsley, Charles Wareing. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames With Special American Instances. Baltimore, MD, USA: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Originally published London, 1901.
This database is a dictionary of English and Welsh surnames. It describes the origin of each surname, indicating from where and from what the surname is derived. It also provides information on variant spellings, pronunciations, and other related names. Surname dictionaries can be a big help in doing research, as they provide information on where our family names came from and what other families we might be related to.