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    Medieval surname for the royal family

    I've been researching surnames during the middle ages, and I get the impression that around around 1200 or so they began to appear for individuals of all statuses. But, I also get the impression that some people, specifically some royals and nobles, had surnames even before that time. As my...
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    Usage of first names in biograpical article?

    I'm writing a biographical article about a slightly obscure celebrity from years ago. It's intended to be somewhat authoritative but overall casual in tone, and borders on being a tribute. My question is this: is it proper to commonly call the person by his or her first name after the...