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You Will Need
- Surname to investigate
- Spelling and counting skills
Count the letters
Count the letters in the surname. If the name is less than 4 letters, like Wu or Li, it may be of Chinese origin.
Look at the ending
Look at the ending. If the name ends in "-icz" or "-ski" the name is most likely Polish.
Look at the beginning
Look at the beginning of the name. Most Irish surnames start with "Mc" or "O'" like McCauley and O'Brien.
Check for a vowel
Check for a vowel on the end of the name. Most Italian surnames end in a vowel.
See if there is a "-berg"
See if there is a "-berg" or "-berger" at the end of the name. These names, like Niederberger, are of German origin. Now get investigating!