Here’s another little bit of useless information that I found interesting. It is the loss of surnames. You probably don’t ever think about this, but it was in an article sent to me years ago by a fellow genealogy friend and I thought it was worth passing on.
Your surname may not last through time.
Only 20% of the surnames in use exist after 13 generations. Ninety percent of all family names from the 1700s are now exterminated. Each time two persons married a surname was lost. This happened more often when families had many children. In 1874, the Social Security Dept. had 1,286,556 different surnames on file, of which 448,663 were single occurrences. I wonder what that number is today.