- Paperback: 260 pages
- Publisher: Hambledon Continuum (15 Jun. 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1852855509
- ISBN-13: 978-1852855505
- Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 1.4 x 23.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,210,328 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Family Names and Family History Paperback – 15 Jun 2006
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Book mentioned in The Guardian (Saturday supplement), April 2007
Title mentioned in Who Do You Think You Are?, 2008.
"a scholarly and readable study of the growth of English surnames based on the valuble work of the Names Projects Group at the National Centre for English Cultural Tradition and Language. It will appeal to the general redaer and to the student coming to the topic for the first time." Contemporary Review, 01/07/07--Sanford Lakoff
About the Author
David Hey was Emeritus Professor of Local History at Sheffield University and is the author of The Oxford Guide to Family History (1993).
Top Customer Reviews
In his preface, Hey perhaps states the obvious when he notes how "Names can tell us a lot about the history of the peoples of our islands, about how they moved around or how they stayed rooted in a particular district. They also have much to teach us about the social structure of medieval and later England." But Hey also refers the reader to new research that has dramatically overturned some previous assumptions, research undertaken by a new generation of philologists and by the growing numbers of local and family historians.
In part one of his book, Hey provides an introduction to the history and study of surnames, taking examples drawn from his own work in and around Sheffield. (Much of the book contains summaries of Hey's and his colleagues' work at the University of Sheffield.) He informs us that surnames properly commenced with the Normans who used the place-names of their origins across the English Channel to distinguish themselves. But if it was the Normans who started the ball rolling, most names that came to be used as surnames were Anglo-Saxon in origin. Hey looks at the five standard types of surname: patronymic/personal, nicknames, occupational, and topographic, breaking down this last between actual geographic locations (e.g., London, Snowden, Avon) and mere topographical features (e.g., hill, brook, well).
The author then goes on to describe how surnames evolved in subsequent centuries, some surprisingly so.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Have been looking for this book for a while now,Really enjoyed reading it and it was a great help in researching my family history.Published on 20 Dec. 2010 by Ms. Dorothy A. Edson