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September 06, 2007 12:48PM

Last names were developed to help identify people. As the population grew and it became easier to travel, it was easy to get confused about who you were talking about. So they would add identifiers, such as John, the Fletcher, or John who lives in Blackwood, or John James' son. Eventually the extra words were removed and they were referred to as John Fletcher, John Blackwood and John Jameson.