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Subject: There are German profession surnames
Author: Mar   (Authenticated as X-Mar)
Date: October 27, 2008 at 1:55:33 AM
Reply to: surname as a given name by 78faba
for example Zimmermann (carpenter) or Schmidt (smith). It's not just an English thing, I know of examples in many languages. If for example I search for the meaning "smith" on the surnames site, I get this list:

Here's the surnames site's home page:

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