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.
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