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Surnames like Cook and Smith originally arose from the professions of those respective names. Is there a term for this type of surname?

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  • you may also be interested in the theory of "nominative determinism" wherein it is proposed that an individual's surname may draw them towards an aptly named profession en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nominative_determinism
    – faustus
    Commented Oct 26, 2017 at 21:51

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