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PeteW1959
17-11-16, 09:17
A new book, The Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain and Ireland, has been published today. It has come from a project by The University of the West of England Bristol.

http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/cahe/research/bristolcentreforlinguistics/fanuk.aspx

Amazon have it listed for £400 (a little outside most people's budget), however there is an online version, but that will only be available in educational establisments and public libraries.

Olde Crone Holden
17-11-16, 09:27
I am not sure what this work will contain that is not already covered by the two main books on surnames available in nearly every library in England, unless this new work is covering surnames in use today, rather than the historic surnames? (My grumble is that research money may have been used to cover old ground).

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Elaine ..Spain
18-11-16, 17:44
Free access to the online version at Oxford Reference (http://www.oxfordreference.com/view/10.1093/acref/9780199677764.001.0001/acref-9780199677764)
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(Available until end of November)

Jill on the A272
18-11-16, 18:08
Thanks for the link Elaine, I've had a look. Mildy interesting, not spending £400 though!

PeteW1959
18-11-16, 18:22
Thanks for the Link Elaine.

Definitely not £400 worth, there isn't anything there that I haven't alrady found out from other books and the internet.

I was able to compare some of the name distribution maps with my own and they more or less match.

PhotoFamily
18-11-16, 18:47
Free access to the online version at Oxford Reference (http://www.oxfordreference.com/view/10.1093/acref/9780199677764.001.0001/acref-9780199677764)
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Thanks, Elaine!

Olde Crone Holden
18-11-16, 19:18
Thanks for the link Elaine.

It doesn't seem accurate for my Holdens because I KNOW that the place was named after them and the name Holden is not locative, it is a corruption of Half Dane, as recorded in the Domesday Book! You may think I am nitpicking, lol - but at 400 quid I think the work should be more accurate.

OC

jenoco
20-11-16, 03:09
Thanks, Elaine. Nothing new for me either, but good to be able to check it out.

PhotoFamily
25-11-16, 01:49
Free access to the online version at Oxford Reference (http://www.oxfordreference.com/view/10.1093/acref/9780199677764.001.0001/acref-9780199677764)
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I wasn't able to sign in today - unfortunately, I didn't look up a couple of surnames when I could!