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A History of British Surnames (Approaches to Local History) [Paperback]

Richard Mckinley

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21 May 1990 0582018692 978-0582018693 1
Aiming to avoid technical terminology, Richard McKinley provides an introduction to the history of hereditary surnames in Britain from their first appearance to the present day. Devoting a chapter to each of the main categories of name, he enables readers to set the facts they discover about their own ancestry, family history and surnames into the context of general surname development. The author deals with those names that originate in England, Wales and Scotland; and since these tend to have their own distinct histories, he discusses developments in each of the three countries separately, wherever appropriate. The book uses the study of surnames to illuminate social history and draws attention to the complex patterns of population mobility that have always characterized British Society. It also describes regional and class differences in surnames, some features of which survive to our own time.


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" Fills an important gap . . . there are two facets of this book which are noteworthy, apart from its authoriatative treatment; one is the inclusion of all parts of the United Kingdom, the other is the strong emphasis on the significance of surnames in the study of local history

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4.0 out of 5 stars Good general history! 16 April 2007
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Good general history of surnames in Britain. Their origins, how they evolved and changed over the years, etc. Geared towards basic research and info but even somebody who has studied British surnames will take away some new knowledge from this, or at least I did.
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