How african americans got their surname?
2006-03-19 20:43:36 UTC
How african americans got their surname?
Four answers:
2006-03-19 20:47:15 UTC
from massa!!
2006-03-19 23:47:09 UTC
l think this is through their African ancensitors,since long ago in Africa , from the time a child is born they got to be given a surname then a second name, this has to be a moslem name or christian/english name accordingly to the family's religion. surnames are used in most african nations as first names. and so those African who worked as slaves in those days all had surnames. the only way they had to remember where they came from was to keep these names,they had to be so proud of these names, b'se white poeple did not like them so much and they could not prounounce them right. so they kept on giving these slaves other names. it made the African slaves more determined to keep their surnames even thou they were not allowed to use them freely. they had to pass these names on to their children so that their children would know where they came did their children, passed then on and on to their children , grandchildren, and grand grand children ,up to this day hopefully some still got them .while still the same today back in Africa.
Track Walker
2006-03-19 20:46:46 UTC
Many surnames came from slave traders and owners. This is why it became popular during the 60’s to change ones name, especially if one had converted to Islam.
2006-03-19 20:49:49 UTC
From their master's last name.

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