The link below is to an article that takes a look at the origin of English last names – many of which began as nicknames.
This television show has been around for a while now, but I have only just now watched the very first episode of the Australian version. The episode was about the family history of Australian actor Jack Thompson. It was a very interesting presentation and I think the show will certainly ignite the interest of many people in researching their own family history. I’m a fan of the show now, for sure.
I believe there is also an English version of the show. The Australian version is available on DVD and is shown on SBS television.