For local and family historians and all those with an interest in names, A Dictionary of English Surnames is an authoritative and enlightening guide to the origins of English surnames and how they have developed over the centuries. A comprehensive survey of this popular subject, it provides useful information on the origin and meaning of over 16,000 surnames, detailed historical information, the roots of English surnames, and advice on how to locate the home of a family name.
**** The second edition (1976) is cited in BCL3; the first was published in 1958 as A dictionary of British surnames. The third gives the meaning of over 16,000 English surnames and their variants, together with early forms and their sources and dates. Arranged alphabetically, with a cross-reference system for variant spellings. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)