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African American Surnames

AfriGeneas is a site devoted to African American genealogy, to researching African Ancestry in the Americas in particular and to genealogical research and resources in general.


How Blacks have Irish Last Names | Ever wonder how a lot of African Americans & Caribbean have Irish last names? Is not because of Irish slave owners, no erase that foolishness……don’t think Gone With The Wind and the O’Hara plantation. What a lot of people don’t know is that Irish were slaves too, hundreds of thousands were sent to work in the West Indies and they blended with the black slaves thus we have Irish names like McFadden, McDonalds, etc. CLICK to read more


a list of early Moorish Family Clan Names from Medieval Times traceable to present day. Therefore, many Black people in the west, through slavery, who were given European surnames, are in-fact Moorish/African names from antiquities. The name Schwarzenegger is Moorish, from ancient black clans who lived in Germany. Life is circle, and every human is just a part of the whole race, despite what some profess.


AFRICANGLOBE - James Armistead Lafayette was the first African American double spy. An African American slave, Armistead was enslaved by William Armistead in Virginia during the American Revolution. James Armistead took the surname of Lafayette to honor General Lafayette, whom he served under in the Revolutionary War. Because Slave-owners seldom kept records of the births of the people they enslaved, it is unclear exactly when and where James Armistead was born, but most records agree that…


Donyale Luna (born Peggy Ann Freeman), model & actress. She was the 1st African American model to appear on the cover of British Vogue. R.I.P.


Tracing the genealogy of African Americans and Native Americans is a difficult process. Enslaved Africans were renamed by slaveholders and surnames were infrequently used until after the war. Historical records, such as censuses, did not record the names of enslaved blacks before the American Civil War. Some major slaveholders kept extensive records which historians and genealogists have used to create family trees, but generally researchers find it difficult to trace families before the…


Robert Tanner Freeman is the first professionally trained black dentist in the United States. A child of slaves, he eventually entered Harvard University and graduated only four years after the end of the Civil War on May 18, 1869.