Christian Names in Local and Family History

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Dundurn, 2004 - Reference - 192 pages
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Surnames have always provided key links in historical research. This groundbreaking new work shows that first names can also be highly significant for those tracing genealogies or studying communities. Standard works on first names have always concentrated on etymology. George Redmonds goes much further: he believes that every name has a precise origin and history of expansion, which can be regional or even local; up to c. 1700 it may even have centred on one family. This text fully explores the implications of this belief for local and family history, and challenges many published assumptions on the historical frequency of first names.

 

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Contents

Introduction
xi
Acknowledgements
xvii
1 A Transitional Period
1
2 Tom Dick and Harry
12
3 The Popularity of Christian Names
26
4 Parents and Godparents
46
5 Names from the Twelfth Century
60
6 Names from Abroad
76
9 Names from Surnames
126
10 After the Reformation
140
11 Changing Customs
158
Conclusion
170
First Name Popularity Nationally 137781
173
First Name Profiles 13771700
175
Select Bibliography
180
Christian Names Index
181

7 Names of the Saints
90
8 Names from Legend and Literature
107

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George Redmonds is a leading authority on names and how they relate to localities. He has been researching surnames and first names for 50 and 30 years respectively, and was awarded his Ph.D in surnames at Leicester in 1970. His most recent work includes Surnames and Genealogy: A New Approach.

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