The meaning of everything seems to promise the same thing but ultimately did not deliver. About half of the 20,000 most common names are locative, meaning they come from places. Dictionary of 50,000 surnames and their origins published. The name oxford is a boys name of english origin meaning from the oxen crossing. The oxford dictionary of english christian names oxford.
Using sources dating back to the 11th century, researchers have put together the massive oxford dictionary of family names in britain and ireland istock by jason daley. I enjoyed the book and learned plenty about the oxford english dictionary and, for that matter, the english language but it certainly was not as engaging as winchesters other books. It tells you the age, origin, and meaning of the name, as well as how it has fared in terms of popularity, and who the famous fictional or historical bearers of the name have been. It is a dictionary of names, usual and unusual, with a more complete guide to meanings and the potential origin which often tells you when the name first originated, and offers similar alternatives. This book is the difinitive source for english given names. This huge new dictionary is the ultimate reference work on family names of the uk, covering english, scottish, welsh, irish, cornish, and immigrant surnames. It not only lists most names used in england and the us, but gives the historical background, with dated citations and cognates in other languages. A dictionary of british placenames david mills oxford. This dictionary covers over 6,000 names in common use in english, including the traditional and the very newest. The oxford dictionary of first names is not a babynaming book. As an english name, it was in use in the middle ages though not common and was revived in the 19th century. A diverse selection of wellknown british place names, explaining the origin and meaning of each of them.506 712 201 517 1640 1244 1128 1098 384 549 760 1505 880 1547 1570 1445 72 916 809 174 1290 567 372 1525 490 816 537 628 404 566 1336 1496 876 37 1198 461 424