What's In A Name? Everything You Wanted To Know. New, Revised Edition

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Nobody in America knows more about names than Prof. Ashley. His book is designed for everyone, and it will tell you the facts behind the names of persons, places, and things; how names are chosen for business and for success; how they are used for everything from tracing settlement patterns to telling fortunes; how forenames have their fashions; where surnames had their origins; and all about names in the U.S. and around the globe.

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Overview

Nobody in America knows more about names than Prof. Ashley. His book is designed for everyone, and it will tell you the facts behind the names of persons, places, and things; how names are chosen for business and for success; how they are used for everything from tracing settlement patterns to telling fortunes; how forenames have their fashions; where surnames had their origins; and all about names in the U.S. and around the globe.

Open the book anywhere and you'll find something that catches your attention: name trends and fashions, name crazes, names in magic and the occult, middle names and nicknames, trick names and married names, place names, street names, good names and bad names, the psychology of names, naming practices around the world, personal factors in naming, tips for giving a child a good name, what names tell us about ourselves . . . you name it, it's here!

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A scholar in the field of names, Ashley investigates naming practices worldwide, revealing how and why businesses, streets and people acquire their titles. Middle names, nicknames, trends and the psychology of naming are discussed. (Oct.)was there a PW review?/no/pk
Library Journal
Not the usual what-to-name-your-baby book, Ashley's volume takes readers "on a lively introductory ramble through the entire field of name studies, succeeding in his stated purpose of entertaining as well as informing the general reader" (LJ 11/15/89).
Booknews
A guide to small animal use in transplantation research, for biomedical researchers. In most cases, the techniques were developed by the chapter authors. While some chapters are of general interest, other deal with specific procedures, mostly in rats and mice but with some rabbit work included. In acknowledgment of the ethical aspects of live animal experimentation, the detailed handling of the animals and the description of anesthesia and analgesia are central to many of the chapters. Thoroughly illustrated in b&w. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
From The Critics
Now in a newly revised and expanded edition, Leonard Ashley's What's In A Name?: Everything You Wanted To Know continues to be a unique contribution and resource for aspiring genealogists and the nonspecialist general reader with an interest for anyone who has ever wondered about the origin and meaning of their name. Ashley divides his informative presentation to sections devoted to Persons (forenames, surnames, nicknames, titles, name changes, aliases and pseudonyms, married names, etc.); Places (American placenames, Amerindian names, local, regional, and global placenames); Things (naming patterns, business names); Names, Language, And Literature (word play, name inflation, names into words, names in literature); Names And The Occult (names in magic, fortunetelling with names); What To Name The Baby (tips for giving a child a good name, the subjective factor in naming). Superbly written and presented, What's In A Name? will be read with enthusiasm from cover to cover, and would serve as an ideal text on onomastics and the nature of names.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780806312613
  • Publisher: Genealogical Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/8/2009
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.57 (d)

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