"Cou`d you tell me fa`r Sanny Fite lives

The great prevalence of certain surnames, in some small towns and villages, led to the use of to-names,
"other names," from the Old English, t -nama. To illustrate this, Black1 cites the following story.
A stranger had occasion to call on a fisherman, named Alexander White, living in a Buchan fishing
village. But the stranger was ignorant both of the fisherman's to-name and his house. Unfortunately
there were many persons of that name in the village. Meeting a young woman, he asked:
"Cou'd you tell me fa'r Sanny Fite lives?"
"Filk Sanny Fite?"
"Muckle Sanny Fite."
"Filk muckle Sanny Fite?"
"Muckle lang Sanny Fite."
"Filk muckle lang Sanny Fite?"
"Muckle lang gleyed Sanny Fite," shouted the stranger.
"Oh! It's 'Goup-the-lift' ye're seeking," cried the young woman, "and fat the deevil
for dinna ye speer for the man by his richt name at ance?"
"Could you tell me where Alexander White lives?"
"Which Alexander White?"
"Big Alexander White."
"Which big Alexander White?"
"Big tall Alexander White."
"Which big tall Alexander White?"
"Big tall cross-eyed Alexander White," shouted the stranger.
"Oh! It's '(Stupidly gaping person)-the-thief' you're seeking," cried the young woman, "and why
the devil didn't you ask for the man by his right name in the first place?"
Black, George F. The Surnames of Scotland: their origin, meaning and history. Edinburgh: Birlinn, 1999,
Reprinted 2004 (first published by the New York Public Library, 1946) - viewed as the principal work on surname