People named after colors.

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People named after colors.

Postby Perry Lassiter » Sat Feb 03, 2018 11:24 pm

Surnames mostly evolved logically: John's son to Johnson, and Joe the blacksmith to Joe Smith. But whence come the last names that are also colors? White, Black, Green, Redd, Brown, an d any others that may come to mind? Anyone do research on these?
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Re: People named after colors.

Postby Slava » Sat Apr 28, 2018 12:29 pm

Life is like playing chess with chessmen who each have thoughts and feelings and motives of their own.

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Re: People named after colors.

Postby Perry Lassiter » Thu May 03, 2018 11:03 pm

Thanks Slava. An excellent site.
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Re: People named after colors.

Postby dennifernandez » Mon Aug 12, 2019 1:55 am

Here is an interesting thread on Reddit, where people explain why black, white, brown turned into last names, and there are no surnames like orange, purple, etc:
reddit.com/r/AskHistorians/comments/3xi7am/how_did_last_names_of_colors_arise_blue_green/

In the comment section, you can find a user with the name evolution writers scam, he posted rare facts on "How did last names of colors arise".


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