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What's in a surname? : a journey from Abercrombie to Zwicker

Author: David McKie
Publisher: London : Random House, 2013.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Surnames are much more than convenient identity tags; they are windows into our families' pasts. Some suggest ancestral trades (Butcher, Smith, Roper) or physical appearance (Long, Brown, Thynne). Some provide clues to where we come from (McDonald, Evans, Patel). And some - Rymer, Brocklebank, Stolbof - offer a hint of something just a little more exotic or esoteric. All are grist to the mill for David McKie who,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David McKie
ISBN: 9781847946942 1847946941
OCLC Number: 861183881
Description: 293 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Orientations: a road map for the journey --
Constellations: Gales in the South. Sails in the Midlands. Pains in East Anglia --
Translocations: surnames on the march --
Excavations: why is our name Bultitude, Mummy? --
Confrontations: surnames that bark and bite --
Manipulations: names that infect the mind --
Transformations: new names for old --
Deprivations: surnames lost, stolen, strayed --
or denied --
Prognostications: will surnames survive? --
Appendix 1: National names --
Appendix 2: Broughton names --
Appendix 3: Dickens's 'available' list.
Responsibility: David McKie.

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Surnames are much more than convenient identity tags; they are windows into our families' pasts. Some suggest ancestral trades (Butcher, Smith, Roper) or physical appearance (Long, Brown, Thynne).  Read more...

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"David McKie's incredibly detailed research and his diamond-sharp prose make this book a delight, full of wisdom and fun." Simon Hoggart "We are all slaves to our surnames. There is no escape from Read more...

 
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