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How were last names created? I've heard that names like Smith and Baker were from their original family occupation. But names like Lee and Ballsack?

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    @ScotM: Well, Linkedin also has 2 profiles for the name "Harry Ballsack" and 16 for "Harry Balls", but I'll believe it when I meet someone with a name like this in person and not before :) – herisson Mar 13 '15 at 0:03
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    It's a little-known fact that all last names are designed and manufactured in a factory south of Montreal. The delivery systems are always in a state of flux, with all kinds of local laws and conventions, but somehow they manage to always deliver the most popular names, every day, worldwide. – John Lawler Mar 13 '15 at 0:06
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    @sumelic How about Balzac, that close enough? – Janus Bahs Jacquet Mar 13 '15 at 0:14
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    So you take all of these possibilities, multiply by the number of languages, multiply by the multitude of ways names can be mangled in transliteration (think Ellis Island, where thousands and thousands of non-English-speaking immigrants acquired new "English" names)... – Brian Hitchcock Mar 13 '15 at 0:26
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    @sumelic I dare say I take umbrage at your remark, good sir. I come from a long line of Ballsacks. We take great pride in our pedigree and our resolve in the face of social adversity that dogs our fine name. – pyobum Mar 13 '15 at 0:43

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