Dictionary of American Family Names: 3-Volume Set

Dictionary of American Family Names: 3-Volume Set

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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.show more

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  • Multiple copy pack | 2128 pages
  • 241.3 x 292.1 x 177.8mm | 6,695.11g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195081374
  • 9780195081374

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'Readers from experienced genealogists, to students assigned to find the meaning of their family name, to the just plain curious will find this a useful and fascinating resource.' Against the Grain 'Highly recommended.' Library Journalshow more

About Patrick Hanks

Patrick Hanks is a consultant in corpus-based lexicography and phraseology at the Berlin Academy of Sciences. He was formerly Chief Editor of Current English Dictionaries at Oxford University Press, and a research fellow in lexical computing at Brimingham University. He has been researching the geographical distribution, meaning, and origin of surnames for over 30 years.show more

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