In many of my stories, I use my middle name for a last name. In my story Revolutionary Love, a story about the American Revolution, McMichael is the last name for the main character who is a British soldier from Cardagian, Whales. The name McMichael is Welsh. I thought it would be cool to combine family history with the events of American History. I do something similar for a story about the Civil War.
In one of my Civil War stories, the last name for a family is Lucas. I am related to a family whose last name was Lucas during the time of the Civil War. Normally, I do not like the Civil War, but, I thought I needed a break from writing about the American Revolution.