Free read Whats in a Surname?
Surnames are much 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 exotic or esoteric All are grist to the mill for David McKie who sets off on a journey around Britain to find out how such appellations have. Choosing to concentrate on just half a dozen places the author analyses the distribution rise and fall of local surnames casually interweaving details of how surnames came to be Entertaining though not uite what I expected Especially in Kindle format this isn t an easy book to dip in and out of as a reference book it s definitely a book to read as a linear discourse
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Evolved and what they tell us about ourselves En route he looks at the surname’s tentative beginnings in medieval times and the myriad routes by which particular names became established He considers some curious byways the rise and fall of the multi barreled surname and the Victorian reinvention of embarrassing surnames among them He considers whether fortune favors those whose surnames come at the beginning of the alphabet and he celebrates the remarka. An interesting book on surnames in Britain their history origins geography and current spread The author writes entertainingly about something we all have and use although as he notes 21st century familiarity uses first names in most communications where perhaps 60 years ago surnames particularly for men were extensively used women generally enjoyed the courtesy of their title for men it was the bare surname Well worth reading
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Ble and the uirky from the fearsome Ridley the cry of which once struck terror in the hearts of Northumbrians to the legend encrusted Tichborne whose most famous holders were destined to suffer centuries of misfortune and controversy Elegiac and amusing by turns he offers a wonderfully entertaining wander along the footpaths of the nation’s history and culture celebrating not just the Smiths and Joneses of these islands but the Chacepots and Swetinbeds to. Not a list of surnames and derivations but a lively and engaging history of the British surname including ones in novels