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Published: 17 November 2016

3,136 Pages


ISBN: 9780199677764

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The Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain and Ireland

Edited by Patrick Hanks, Richard Coates, and Peter McClure

  • Covers over 45,000 family names in the UK, including immigrant names
  • Each entry includes the current and 1881 frequencies of the name, its main GB location, and its language or culture of origin
  • Each main entry explains the name's origins and history, supported by a selection of early bearers taken from a wide range of sources such as wills, tax records, court records, parish registers, Nonconformist circuit records, and many other documents
  • Entries for variants direct the reader to the main entry where the history and etymology of the name is covered
  • Contains a full list of published and unpublished sources consulted
  • Introductory essay explains the origin, history, and typology of family names in Britain, Ireland, and elsewhere in the world, the research methods used, the sources used. and some of the problems encountered in researching family names
  • Explains many surnames never previously explained and corrects many widely believed errors in the light of new evidence

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