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Question: I really need to know if you can have same first and last name of someone else and not be related to them!?
i need to know because i found someone with my exact first and last name and they were an actor in a movie and i was thinking if i was related to a movie starWww@QuestionHome@Com

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Yes, you can!. People in Europe did not have surnames until the last millennium!. In England most had one by the end of the 14th century and still in many cases it was a few more centuries before the same name was passed down to each generation!. In the Netherlands it wasn't until the reign of Napoleon that people had a surname!.

Surnames were based on a)being the son of someone b)where they lived c)their occupation d)some characteristic about them!. When they got through it wasn't impossible for legitimate sons of the same man to have a different surname and still each could have shared their surname with others unrelated!. Some will say we are all related if we go back far enough!. However, the root person of your surname will not necessarily be the root person of someone else with your surname!.

They were not started so much to identify a man as a member of a family but for taxation purposes!. Too many guys name Horace in the same town or village and they had to have a way to tell them apart!.Www@QuestionHome@Com

It's absolutely possible and actually quite common!. Not everyone with the same last name is related!. For example the name Smith referred to an occupation and the name Knolls might refer to a place where someone lived (John of the Knolls became John Knolls and Luke of the Knolls became Luke Knolls)!. There's also a lot of name changing with immigration and such!. Anyhow, the orginal family members with that last name might not be related whatsoever!. Add a fairly common first name and you get lots and lots of unrelated people with the exact same name!.Www@QuestionHome@Com

You can because back in the olden days many people would make up their last names or have names from their occupation such as Smith for Blacksmith ect!. It all goes back to our ancestors!. It just happens to be luck that you have the same name as a movie star!. I just happen to have the same name as a porn start, I guess it's just luck of the draw!. Out of 6 billion people someone has to have the same name as you right!?Www@QuestionHome@Com

You would have to know your family history and the family history of the celebrity!.

It also depends on how common your name is!. If you have a very common last name like Smith, Jones, Roberts, Williams, etc!., then the chances that you are related are very slim!.

also, your ethnicity would play a large role!. If you are black, the chances are also slim because names were changed and family history lost during the American Slavery years!. If your family came from Europe, chances are the name was changed when they came through processing at Ellis Island!.Www@QuestionHome@Com

John Smith!.

Seriously, it depends on the name!. Most people with the surname "Cady" in the USA are related!. The given name "Bartemues" and "Bartley" runs through my Pack lines!.

People with common given names like Michael, Andrew, William !. !. !. and common surnames like Johnson, Jones, Miller !. !. !. are not usually related!.

You'd have to research both your ancestry and his to find out, though!.Www@QuestionHome@Com

sure, i have a similar situation and i'm not related to person!. Besides, just because your first name is the same means nothing, it's all about the last name, and there usually are numerous families with the same last name that aren't related at all!. I have a very unusual last name and thought I was the only one in the US, but come to find out a facebook group was created for people with my last name and there ended up being a number of us, all unrelated and from different parts of the world!Www@QuestionHome@Com

no!. some last names are really common!. that even happens with really rare last names too!. my last name is really rare and i have met people before with the same last name and i'm not related to them by any means!. but who knows you could be related to a movie star!. and if your not you can just say you are!. no one will know cause you have the same name!.Www@QuestionHome@Com

You MIGHT be related to him but as you know of, it would be a long distance relationship!. Probably not though because you would know him!. If you go on facebook and type in "Kyle Clicke" (made up name) there will be a multiple number of him, and they are not all related!. There you go, so the answer is no, you dont have to be related to him!.Www@QuestionHome@Com

definately!. you could have the exact same name and not have any blood relations at all!. however, you could do some research online at family tree websites and trace it back!. GUESS WHAT!?!? i'm related to a, "Mr!.forrest gump!.!.!."

just out of curosity, who is this actor you have the same name as!?Www@QuestionHome@Com

Yes, a lot of movie actors take new names called a 'stage name' or ' screen name' nowadays stage name is more commonly used, because of the online use of another type of ' screen name'!.

You should find out the actor's name at birth / or their parents names!.Www@QuestionHome@Com

How many John Smith's do you think are in the world!? Or a Mr!. Jones, Lee!.!.!. Just to name some common last names!.

I guess another way to look at it is, maiden names for women!. For example, Sarah Williams weds Mr!. Smith and becomes Sarah Smith!. Doesn't mean she is related to me when my last name is Smith!!?

I hope this helps!.Www@QuestionHome@Com

Go to a website to find your family tree!. It's possible that you're not related to them!. With 6 billion people on the planet, there has to be plenty of last names out there, and most of them aren't within the same family!.Www@QuestionHome@Com

Yes it is possible!.
For example in Korea we have many similar surnames, but doesn't neccessarily mean we're related!. But if you really think about it we are all descendants of Adam and Eve, so I guess some how we're all related!.!.!.(WTF)!.Www@QuestionHome@Com

Yes!. You can have the same first and last name and not be related!. It's just very coincidental!. It also depends on how common your name is, but if your really convinced ask around your family!.Www@QuestionHome@Com

Well you could be related but not likely, Michael Phelps the gold medalist theres 423 other Michael Phelps's but hes not related to any of them!. theres also 72 people with my name but are not related!.Www@QuestionHome@Com

you can have the same name and not be related!. I have the same last name of a movie star too! haha and my moms maiden name is the same as a different movie starWww@QuestionHome@Com

you could be related!. I run across a lot of people with my rare last name!. There are some people on the internet with my full name and I have talked with them and we have no family in common at all!.Www@QuestionHome@Com

Yes that's possible that you can't be related!. If you really want to know for sure, go and look up your family history!. That's the only true way that you can find out!.Www@QuestionHome@Com

You absolutely can have the same name as a person and not be related to them!. It's even more likely if you have popular first name and a common last name!.Www@QuestionHome@Com

I live in Canada and a guy in Ohio has my first and last name!. Copied it from me because I am 15 or 20 years older than he is!. I am not related to him at all!.Www@QuestionHome@Com

of course it's possible!. how many john smiths are out there!? regardless of how common or uncommon the name, you more than likely have no relation to that person!.Www@QuestionHome@Com

yes, you can!.
there are many common first names and last names so there is a chance that you guys sharre the same name and are not related!.Www@QuestionHome@Com

yeah its possible
cuz they have these two kids i go to school with
they have the same first, middle, and last name
but have no relations to each otherWww@QuestionHome@Com

I know 2 Katie Smiths but they are not related!. There are probably 500,000 Katie Smiths!.Www@QuestionHome@Com

yea dude it can be possible iv heard of stuff like that
i mean its not very common and i cant prove it but yea its completely possibleWww@QuestionHome@Com

You could share a first middle and last name with someone!. It does NOT mean you are related, despite what some may tell you!.Www@QuestionHome@Com

you can have the same first/middle/last name and not be relatedWww@QuestionHome@Com

u could be related but its unlikely unless your name is extremely uncommon!. my brother met someone with the same first middle and last name as him, but were not relatedWww@QuestionHome@Com

Yes, it is possible!. Especially if your last name is common!.Www@QuestionHome@Com

OF COURSE! Totally possibleWww@QuestionHome@Com

FAMILY TREE DUDEWww@QuestionHome@Com