Dictionary of American Family Names: 3-Volume Set
Oxford University Press, USA, May 8, 2003 - Reference - 2128 pages
Where did your surname come from? Do you know how many people in the United States share it? What does it tell you about your lineage?From the editor of the highly acclaimed Dictionary of Surnames comes the most extensive compilation of surnames in America. The result of 10 years of research and 30 consulting editors, this massive undertaking documents 70,000 surnames of Americans across the country. A reference source like no other, it surveys each surname giving its meaning, nationality, alternate spellings, common forenames associated with it, and the frequency of each surname and forename.The Dictionary of American Family Names is a fascinating journey throughout the multicultural United States, offering a detailed look at the meaning and frequency of surnames throughout the country. For students studying family genealogy, others interested in finding out more about their own lineage, or lexicographers, the Dictionary is an ideal place to begin research.
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SOME FACTS AND FIGURES
INTRODUCTIONS TO SURNAMES OF PARTICULAR LANGUAGES AND CULTURES
KEY TO THE DICTIONARY
DICTIONARY OF AMERICAN FAMILY NAMES
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Altered spelling Americanized form Americanized spelling Angelo Antonio Arabic Armand called Carlos Carmine century common Compare composed Czech Danish denoting derivative diminutive Dutch eastern element ending England example family names farm FOREBEARS France Francisco Gaelic Germanic personal name GIVEN NAMES French GIVEN NAMES German GIVEN NAMES Italian GIVEN NAMES Jewish GIVEN NAMES Spanish Greek habitational name hence hill Hungarian Indian Irish Italy Jesus Jewish Ashkenazic Jorge Jose Juan Kurt land language Latin Luis Manuel meaning medieval Middle English Middle High German Muslim name for someone nickname Norman North German northern Norwegian numerous occupational name Old English Old French Old Norse origin Otto patronymic perhaps personal name pet form place name places called Polish Portuguese possibly probably province recorded region Respelling Rocco Salvatore Scottish short form Slavic someone who lived South Southern Italian spelling of German suffix surname Swedish Swiss tional name topographic name uncertain variant spelling various