Welcome to African Roots! This site was built by Patricia Bayonne-Johnson who is researching the surnames Bayonne, Randall, Hicks, Morgan, Sterling/Stirling, Briant and Taylor of Louisiana; Estes and Jones of Mississippi; Butler of Maryland and Louisiana. Family members are invited to share their research, stories, traditions and images. Search: Nigerian Surnames. The United States Bureau of Census conducted a census in 2000, upon which this article will be mostly reliant for statistical data It is widely held that prior to the 1950s and 1960s, most African-American names closely resembled those used within European-American culture Discover the beauty, origins and meanings of African names with the author of The.