Overview

The fascinating and informative Dictionary of First Names covers over 6,000 names in common use in English, including the very newest names as well as traditional names. From Alice to Zanna and Adam to Zola this book will answer all your questions: it will tell 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 for the name have been. It covers alternative spellings, short
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A Dictionary of First Names

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Overview

The fascinating and informative Dictionary of First Names covers over 6,000 names in common use in English, including the very newest names as well as traditional names. From Alice to Zanna and Adam to Zola this book will answer all your questions: it will tell 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 for the name have been. It covers alternative spellings, short
forms and pet forms, and masculine and feminine forms, as well as help with pronunciation.

The book includes extensive appendices covering names from languages including Scottish, Irish, French, German, Italian, Arabic, and Chinese names. Tables of the most popular names by year and by region are also included.

This is the most comprehensive paperback first names dictionary available. From the traditional to the rare and unconventional, this book will tell you everything you need to know about names.
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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
YA-- A wonderful book that provides the origins of 7,000 names found in the English-speaking world, giving their history, usage trends, and explaining how they are used in other languages. In addition, each entry highlights influences that determine popularity. Supplements list names from the often difficult to find Arab world and the Indian subcontinent.
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An alphabetical survey of some 4,500 European and American names (with appendices covering the most common Arabic and East Indian names). The real charm and value of the reference lies in the linguistic, ethnic and historical information provided. Unfortunately, it lacks a guide to pronunciation, a serious failing when it comes to names like Vyacheslav. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780191578540
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford
  • Publication date: 7/27/2006
  • Series: Oxford Paperback Reference
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 2
  • Sales rank: 1,064,561
  • File size: 18 MB
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Meet the Author

About the Authors:
Patrick Hanks and Flavia Hodges are the coauthors of A Dictionary of Surnames.

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