A family’s status in society can persist for centuries. As Quartz reports, the English upper classes first adopted surnames in the 11th century.
Many of those original last names — including Baskerville, Darcy, Montgomery, Neville, Percy, and Talbot — “persisted at the very top of society for generations.” Such last names indicate you came from a wealthy family. But some surnames also reveal royal blood.
The Tab reports you may be able to find a link just by looking for last names associated with royalty in your family tree. The British aristocracy has a famously complex name system. But the family trees of prominent families are well-recorded.