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Dictionary of American family names

Author: Patrick Hanks
Publisher: Oxford, UK ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2003.
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Where did your surname come from? Do you know how many people in the United States share it? What does it tell you about your lineage? From the editor of the highly acclaimed Dictionary of Surnames comes the most extensive compilation of surnames in America. The result of 10 years of research and 30 consulting editors, this massive undertaking documents 70,314 surnames of Americans across the country. To compile the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Dictionaries
Dictionnaires anglais
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Dictionary of American family names.
Oxford, UK ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2003
(OCoLC)676395273
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Patrick Hanks
ISBN: 0195081374 9780195081374 0195165578 9780195165579 0195165586 9780195165586 0195165594 9780195165593
OCLC Number: 51655476
Description: 3 v. ; 29 cm.
Contents: v. 1. A-F --
v. 2. G-N --
v. 3. O-Z.
Responsibility: Patrick Hanks, editor.
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The Dictionary of American Family Names contains more than 70,000 entries of the most commonly occurring surnames in the United States, with comparative frequencies, linguistic and historical  Read more...

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