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Oxford Dictionary of family names in Britain and Ireland

  1. An ultimate reference work on family names of the UK, covering English, Scottish, Welsh, Irish, Cornish, and immigrant surnames. It includes every surname with more than 100 bearers, or more than 20 bearers in the 1881 census.

    Each records includes the different spellings of the name, an explanation of its origins and how the meanings have changed throughout history, lists of early bearers showing evidence for how it formed and continued down to the 19th century, geographical distribution.

    Where relevant it also gives genealogical and bibliographical notes, making this a fully comprehensive work on family names.

  2. How to access

    Go to 'Login with your Library Card'. Enter MAN followed by your library card number in the 'Library Card #' box

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