Here is a Wikipedia article on the origin of my last name "Davis." I don't always trust Wikipedia's articles but this is accurate from the explanations my family has given over the years.

 

Davis is a patronymic surname originating in Wales, that means 'son of David'. It is the 52nd most common surname in the United Kingdom. According to the 1990 United States Census survey, 'Davis' was the 6th most frequently reported surname, accounting for 0.48% of the population, preceding Miller and following Brown in frequency. It is also semi-common amongst Ashkenazi Jews in Anglophone countries. This surname is also found in Ireland.

 

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My family's original last name was Lichtenstein. Lightstone, in both German and Yiddish. IT is much more likely Yiddish, as my  father's parents were Polish Jews. The name was chaged upon immigration to Canada, although I do not know by who our how, I will have  to find out.

STEIN

Neil is a masculine given name of Gaelic origin. The name is an Anglicisation of the Gaelic Niall which is of disputed derivation. The Gaelic name may be derived from words meaning "cloud", "passionate", or "champion".[1] As a surname, Neil is traced back to Niall of the Nine Hostages who was an Irish king and eponymous ancestor of the Uí Néill and MacNeil kindred. Most authorities cite the meaning of Neil in the context of a surname as meaning champion

 

I am the champion .... insert song by Queen....

My middle name is Neal. Does that make me a champion?

STEIN

We are the champions... lol

My last name "Wapelhorst" was a little hard to decipher since it's so uncommon and only one family used it.  In the United States, it accounts for 0.000045% of the population.  I did a lot of research, and this is what I got:

Horst means "eagle's nest" in modern German, but it also means "man from the forest" in old German, which was probably used at the time the name was first used.  In German, "wapel" isn't a word, but it is the German name for a particular river in north-west Germany.  That makes sense because I know the Wapelhorst family is from north-west Germany.  When putting the two together, I believe it means "man from the forest near the river Wapel."  I'm not 100 percent on that, but it does make sense.  

 

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