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Dictionary of American family names

Elsdon C. Smith
Smith, Elsdon Coles (Main Author)
Books/Monographs/Book with Digital Images
English
New York, New York : Harper, c1956
xxxiv, 244 p.
1st ed

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"This is a dictionary of more than 6000 family names which lists the nationality of the bearers of each name together with a brief explanation of the origin and meaning of the name. To many of the main entries are added variant forms so that more than 10,000 family names are defined."

"The dictionary proper is preceded by a short introduction which explains the origin and spread of family names, and hjow and when they became hereditary during the past eight hundred years. The four classes of surnames are outlined and discussed, and examples are given. Certain peculiarities and characteristics of family names in other countries are described and explained. The corruption and changes of foreign names in America are discussed"--Introd.

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