Medieval occupations

Modern people are often surprised to find that their medieval ancestors left them a legacy in their occupational surnames. The website What did people do: in a Medieval City? identifies professions of the Middle Ages and what those people did.

The website categorizes types of professions:

  • Government
  • Military
  • Criminal
  • Religious
  • Merchants
  • Entertainers
  • Farmers
  • Scholars
  • Sailors
  • Regular Folk
  • Craftsmen
  • Services