This book tells the engaging story of when our surnames first came into use, why they were necessary and how people acquired them. At some point we all consider our surnames – many of us will wonder about the stories behind them, especially if they are unusual. Those of us with British surnames possess that magic thread which leads back nearly a thousand years to a time when surnames were a new idea on this side of the English Channel. There have been many books with surnames as their theme: dictionaries of surnames, books about unusual surnames, heraldry, researching family history and so forth, but there are few books which look at British history solely through surnames. Although the origins of the majority of British surnames lie in England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland, the author shows that the near-Continent, especially France, has contributed its share too. The author has provided accounts of over 2000 of our surnames. Within this book the reader will find the answers to many questions about our surnames and will perhaps encourage its reader to pursue the study further. CONTENTS: What are Surnames and how old are they? – Surnames from Occupations – Surnames from Places – Surnames from Local Features – Surnames from Relationships – Surnames from Words of Affection – Surnames from Nicknames – Surnames from Personal Names – Postscipt – References – General index – Index of surnames.
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About the Author:
After thirty years teaching mathematics and science in Oxford schools, William Lewis left the profession in 1996 to take up the final post of his career at the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology in Oxford.
On his retirement in 2010, he turned to a long-standing enthusiasm – medi æ val English history. He has written a book about the development of British surnames and now releases this companion volume on English place-names.
William Lewis now lives quietly beside the River Severn in the pleasant Worcestershire town of Bewdley.