Family Names Dictionary published

Huge congratulations to the Family Names team on the publication of The Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain and Ireland, released today with Oxford University Press.

The work, explaining the origins of nearly 50,000 family names, is the result of many years of painstaking academic labour.

The work has received positive write-ups across the media, including the BBCThe GuardianDaily MailIndependentDaily MirrorEvening Standard, as well as too many local publications to mention. Prof. Richard Coates was also interviewed on the Today programme about the work (skip to 2.38.30).

The four volume (3,136 paged!) dictionary gives details on the origins, history and geographical distribution of family names in Britain and Ireland.  It uses previously untapped archives (some dating back to the 11th Century) to give the most comprehensive understanding of these names to date.

The team involved a certainly deserving of the praise coming their way.  More details on the project and the team can be found on the UWE website.

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