Learn English – the origin of surnames based on color

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I understand the background of names such as Baker, Carver and Hammer but, what are the origins of names such as Black, Blue, Brown, Green and White? Are they based on some common structure or do they each have their own twisted tale?

Best Answer

It looks like some are related to physical appearance:

Again, most of them seemed to harp on some element of physical appearance.