New dictionary of American family names

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Harper & Row, 1972 - Reference - 570 pages
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Provides a running account of the origin of the most common American family names, with special attention to the social conditions and customs surrounding the adoption of surnames in England and in Europe in general. Names are treated in four main groups: patronymics, occupational names, nicknames, and place names. Also includes a list of 2,000 most common surnames in the U.S.

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