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Posted on 2011-03-03
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is there a definite dictionary that traces names to the country of origin? (most likelihood)
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i am thinking of the name Atapattuge
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I find nothing for name you gave.  There are references for Atapattu being from Sri Lanka.
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Ranil H Atapattuge, has a public facebook page, so YES, Atapattuge is a valid "sir name."

So, you want a search tool that lets you enter a last name and it will tell you the origin?

I doubt this will be real accurate. Take my last name. My ancestors came from England. But, a search of my last name does not reveal that.
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good point - thanks !
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by:nickg5
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Here is one that tells you the "country" asssociated with the name, but the specific name you gave is not on the list, in the A's.
http://surnames.behindthename.com/

Maybe see if your own name is there.
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