Lesson 4: Non-British Surnames

Modern American society is known for its ethnic diversity, and this, of course, is reflected in a wide variety of surnames. In this activity, students will learn about the origins and meanings of surnames commonly used in the United States that derive from non-British cultures.

Guiding Questions

What characteristics do non-British surnames have in common with British ones?

What are some of the differences?

Learning Objectives

Students will learn some of the common characteristics of surnames around the world.

Students will also learn some of the unique characteristics of surnames in different countries.