Twenty five years research have gone into this exhaustive --and fascinating-study of names. All avenues have been explored, and all types of study brought together into a single volume which covers Christian names, as well as surnames, corruptions, diminutives, titles, nicknames- all as eventually part of proper names. He gives substantially more space to American names- as a melting pot of linguistic variations, phonetic simplification or change of name for racial or religious reasons, folk flavor in Negro and Indian names, inclusion of prefixes and suffixes to incorporate historical values, and so on. The section devoted to names from other lands covers wide range, but in less detailed form. Biblical names and their offshoots, primitive names, superstitions that have grown up around names, are all given due attention. A unique section on the law of names will be of special concern to the legal profession -- to libraries -- to publishers, etc. An excellent Bibliography provides material for further study down channels the author has winnowed for his readers.