Searching for Surnames: A Practical Guide to Their Meanings and Origins

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Countryside Books, 2002 - Reference - 256 pages
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Are there Tadpoles or Hedgehogs in your family tree? Were your ancestors Silly, Daft, Vague or Horrible? Did they Fidget, Stammer or Tremble? Did they suffer from a Headache or a Gumboil? In the search for ancestors, names are the starting point. Without names, there would be no family history, and an understanding of names, and surnames in particular, will always be a crucial aid to knowledge and research. Searching for Surnames attempts to clear away some of the fog from the subject and provides a working guide to surname identification. It encourages readers to enjoy the diversity of surnames, be they common or rare, easy to interpret or shrouded in mystery.

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John Titford explains the subject fully with his usual clarity and enthusiasm. Taking a step by step approach, he deals first with the history of surnames and of the languages which gave rise to them, followed by a series of surname surgeries and case studies that suggest various techniques for getting a name To yield up its meaning.

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