Did you know that Batts, may have had stout ancestors? That Dennes
could be descended from swineherds? That Herons might come from
thin men with long legs? How much do you know about the origin of
your own surname? This fascinating dictionary covers the origin and
meaning of over 16,000 surnames, giving detailed information on
early name-forms and how names have changed over the centuries.
Alternative forms of names are cross-referenced to make it easy to
find variants. Popular names such as Brown, Clark and Smith are all
covered, alongside rarer names from Clapper to Cutterbuck, Stocking
to Twitchen. An authoritative introduction sets in context the
popular topic of name-studies, and guides the reader through the
history of English surnames. The dictionary also includes an
appendix in which the distinguished family historian, Professor
David Hey (author of the Oxford Companion to Local and Family
History) gives advice on how to locate the home of a family name.
He explains, with examples, how to discover the current
distribution of a name in the UK, and how to trace its origins.
Quirky and interesting, informative and accessible, this is an
excellent guide for anyone with an interest in English family names