For reference, for those who are out on a limb up their family tree, this dictionary offers the origins of some 6000 names...

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DICTIONARY OF AMERICAN FAMILY NAMES

For reference, for those who are out on a limb up their family tree, this dictionary offers the origins of some 6000 names plus some 4000 variant forms, so that unless your surname is particularly special, you will probably find it here. An introduction covers the origins and spread of family names, along with their peculiarities and characteristics and national variations- or corruption- through the centuries. Elsdon Smith is an authority in this field and you may remember The Story of Our Name; (1950) which Harper also published, and which contains further historical material.

Pub Date: Sept. 19, 1956

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Publisher: Harper

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1, 1956