Dictionary of English Surnames

Taylor & Francis

Dictionary of English Surnames Overview

A Dictionary of English Surnames is an authoritative and enlightening guide to the origins of English surnames and how they developed over the centuries. A comprehensive survey of this popular subject, it provides useful information on 16,000 surnames, giving full sources and dates. Different forms of names are also cross-referenced for ease of use. A valuable historical and linguistic introduction to the subject is included, along with a new appendix on how to trace the origin of a family name.

Dictionary of English Surnames Editorial Reviews


**** The second edition (1976) is cited in BCL3; the first was published in 1958 as A dictionary of British surnames. The third gives the meaning of over 16,000 English surnames and their variants, together with early forms and their sources and dates. Arranged alphabetically, with a cross-reference system for variant spellings. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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