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Many occupations and jobs were necessary for Medieval society to  function. Not only did a profession serve to earn a living but it also  became a means of identity for the people who held various jobs. Many  common surnames stemmed from the profession a person had during the  Medieval Ages. Surnames were not frequently used as there were many  clans and castes of people.
To illustrate this point, open your  telephone book and see how many of these last names appear: Baker,  Smith, Bower, Fletcher, Brewer, Butcher, Carpenter, Cartwright, Cook,  Dyer, Farmer, Forester, Gardener, Hatter, Herald, Hunter, Mason, Miller, Miner, Painter, Potter, Shepherd, Shoemaker and Weaver. It was very  common in the Medieval Ages to refer to someone as "James the Shoemaker" or "Paul the Baker". Thus many surnames originated into families that  still exist today.

To learn more about Medieval Occupations, follow the links below.

Acrobat and Actor

Apothecarist

Architect

Armorer

Artists

Astrologer

Baker

Barrister

Bookbinder

Bowyer

Brewer

Bricklayer

Candlemaker

Carpenter

Cartographer

Clothier

Cook

Diplomat

Dyer

Engineer

Engraver

Farmer

Fisherman

Forester

Fortune-tellers

Furrier

Gardener

Glassblower

Grain merchant

Gravedigger

Herald

Herbalist

Hunter

Innkeeper

Interpreter

Jester

Jeweler

Leatherworker

Locksmith

Messenger

Miner

Minstrel

Moneylender

Navigator

Painter

Peddler

Physician

Playwright

Politician

Potter

Rat catcher

Sailor

Scribe

Servant

Ship wright

Shoemaker

Spy

Stonecarver

Story teller

Weaver

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