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Surname Ethnic Origin

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Surname Ethnic Origin

Posted: 27 Nov 2013 10:48AM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: General - About all surnames.
Using Ancestry's Surname Lookup, I put in "Masoner" and get this reply:

German (Tyrol): probably from a Rhaeto-Romansh occupational term for a stonemason or bricklayer. IGI. Not English - 1881 British census has 0; Not in RW, DEB, HB, BR, MTM, GFB.

I conclude that this answer is based upon the IGI and the 1881 census. My question: What does it signify that Masoner was not found in RW, DEB, HB, BR, MTM, GFB? What are these 6 sources and what does not being found in them suggest?

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