Which Came First: The Family Name or the Family Business?


Back when the British were first settling in North America, many people referred to each other by their first name followed by the name of their occupation.  So if John were a blacksmith, he may have been called John Smith and so on.  Many last names such as Carpenter, Taylor, Brewer and Mason came about this way.

In my hometown of Orchard Park, NY, the Amigone’s and their funeral home family business take this to a whole new level.