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I understand the background of names such as Baker, Carver and Hammer but, what are the origins of names such as Black, Blue, Brown, Green and White? Are they based on some common structure or do they each have their own twisted tale?

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This question appears to be off-topic because it is about surname conventions and not the English language. –  KitFox Mar 26 at 19:45
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Voting to re-open because I think closing it is premature given that the relevant discussion on English Language & Usage Meta has not yet reached consensus. –  Bradd Szonye Mar 26 at 22:06

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It looks like some are related to physical appearance:

Again, most of them seemed to harp on some element of physical appearance.

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