Well, I remember learning that people were known by their occupation. You could be "Marcus the farmer" and in time, I guess it morphed into "Marcus Farmer." Or say you were a blacksmith, then in time you'd take on the surname "Smith." Or in some countries, one was simply known by who their father was, like "Son of Eric" or "Son of David." That's why today you see names like "Ericson" and "Davidson."
Anyway, I'm sure there are other people on the board that are WAY more apted at handling this topic, but I wanted to lend my thinking on the matter. (Hope it wasn't too confusing!) Thanks. ^_^
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