For those of you who played the Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion or more specifically, The Shivering Isles Expansion, you will know that there is a unique justice system in it. In which, if you choose to be detained instead of paying the fine, there is an option to try and escape with your life and if you do, your crimes are considered forgiven.
Well I decided this is a unique idea and am going to make a post about it.
Surnames: Most surnames fall into one of four categories. Patronymic surnames such as Johnson pass from father to son (literally, 'Son of John'). Occupational surnames such as Cook or Miller stem from an individual's livelihood. Topographic names such as Forest or Ford identify habitation. There are also a few surnames that derive from individual characteristics or nicknames...Small and Stern for example.