Fancy surnames
Are there the concept of “fancy surname” in English? Sometimes fancy surnames may sound ancient and exotic, and might belong to another ethnic group, as I know in other languages. Sometimes they make a character stand out as they may be rare and have very clear origin that makes the owner very likely to be a descendant of a specific group of people. Can you give some examples?
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Surnames ending in -ham, -ton, -(s)ley, -way, -shire, or -worth tend to sound fancy to English speakers. It reminds us of the British upperclass.
Hensley
Asinley
Billingsley
Chillingly
BingleyHouston
Upton
Clarkston
Marston
Kingston
Kinston
PrincetonHensworth
Hemsworth
Butterworth
Tinworth
Duckworth
Worth
WorthyNeedham
Brigham
Kingsley
Ingham
Kingham
Pradham
Cunningham
BuckinghamCheshire
HampshireBroadway
Hemingway
Conway
Broadway
ETC.
Thats why a lot of people think that giving children one of these as a first name is pompous. They always picture spoiled brats with names like this. I don't, but to each his own.
I hope this helps!!
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I don't think of surnames as fancy. People have gone bat crap crazy naming their kids.
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And you proved my point that these names are viewed as silly on children. XDSurnames in themselves don't have a class, but I thought that I should give Rose Yuen something to work with. It was an interesting question.
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