Family ties that bind: Having the right surname sets you up for life

17 noviembre 2014

«Laws of inheritance» govern social status across generations, according to new research. If your surname reveals that you descended from the «in» crowd in the England of 1066 — the Norman Conquerors — then even now you are more likely than the average Brit to be upper class. To a surprising degree, the social status of your ancestors many generations in the past still exerts an influence on your life chances, according to new research.