Family Names and Family History

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Hambledon and London, 2000 - Reference - 240 pages
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Family names are an essential part of everyone's personal history. The story of their evolution is integral to family history and fascinating in its own right. Formed from first names, place names, nicknames and occupations, names allow us to trace the movements of our ancestors form the middle ages to the present day. David Hey shows how, when and where families first got their names and proves that most families stayed close to their place of origin. Settlement patterns and family groupings can be traced back towards their origins by using national and local records. Family Names and Family History tells everyone interested in tracing their own name how to set about doing do.

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Names and History
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The Origins of English Family Names

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David Hey was Professor of Local History at Sheffield University and is the author of The Oxford Guide to Family History.

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