Book: A Dictionary of English Surnames

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Title: A Dictionary of English Surnames

Subtitle: The origins of over 16,000 surnames

Authors: by P. H. Reaney, revised 3rd edition with corrections and additions by R. M. Wilson
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Year: 2005
Language: English
Pages: 520
ISBN: 978-0-19-280066-4
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Index of Contents

  • Preface to the Third Edition
  • Preface to the Second Edition
  • Preface
  • Introduction
    • Variation of surnames
    • Transfer of surnames
    • Classification of surnames
    • Local surnames
      • Ash, Nash, Rash; Oakes, Rook
      • Loss of the Preposition
      • Toponymics
    • Surnames of relationship
      • Patronymics
      • Metronymics
      • Johnson, Williamson, etc. Distribution and Origin
      • Font-names as Bynames
      • Post-Conquest Survival of Old English Personal Names
      • Old English Personal Names Surviving in Modern Surnames
      • Scandinavian Personal Names
      • Scandinavian Personal Names Surviving in Modern Surnames
      • Norman Names
      • Personal Names in Medieval London
      • The Breton Element
      • The Celtic Element
      • The Final -s in Jones, Parsons, Stocks etc.
      • Pet-Names
      • Diminutives
      • The Suffixes -cock and -kin
      • Classical Names
    • Surnames of occupation and office
    • Nicknames
    • Heredity of surnames
      • Yorkshire Names
    • Welsh surnames
    • Scottish surnames
      • Clan-names
    • Irish surnames
    • Manx surnames
    • Notes
  • Abbreviations
  • The Dictionary
  • Appendix: Locating the home of a family name by David Hey