A Dictionary of First Names

A Dictionary of First Names


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A Dictionary of First Names by Patrick Hanks, Flavia Hodges, Kate Hardcastle

This Dictionary is part of the Oxford Reference Collection: using sustainable print-on-demand technology to make the acclaimed backlist of the Oxford Reference programme perennially available in hardback format.

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.

From the traditional to the rare and unconventional, this book will tell you everything you need to know about names.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780198800514
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 11/29/2016
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 464
Sales rank: 1,118,925
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 7.80(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Patrick Hanks,Flavia Hodges,Kate Hardcastle

Patrick Hanks is a lexicographer and linguistic researcher, and is well known as a names specialist.

Flavia Hodges is a philologist, lexicographer, and publisher.

Kate Hardcastle is a lexicographer, and names specialist.

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