Members of the public can request that their library purchase the dictionary by completing the form at https://com/academic/library-recommend/ The research for this project was carried out by a team of historical linguists, medieval historians, lexicographers and expert advisers on Irish, Scottish, Welsh and recent immigrant names.
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This surname has two sources – an English one and a Muslim one.
The rare English name is a northern pronunciation of the much commoner ‘joy, happiness, delight’.
Surnames which are ‘patronymic’ are those which originally enshrined the father’s name – such as Jackson, or Jenkinson.
There are also names where the origin describes the original bearer such as Brown, Short, or Thin – though Short may in fact be an ironic ‘nickname’ surname for a tall person.” The Family Names of the United Kingdom website also offers details about papers and articles related to the project, and more information about the resources they have created.
“Some surnames have origins that are occupational – obvious examples are Smith and Baker; less obvious ones are Beadle, Rutter, and Baxter.
Other names can be linked to a place, for example Hill or Green (which relates to a village green).
The result of a four year detailed investigation of the linguistic origins, history, and geographical distribution of 45,600 most frequent family names in Britain and Ireland, the print and online database, offers an explanation for all names from the very common to many rarer names with 100 current bearers.
Nearly 40,000 family names are native to Britain and Ireland, while the remainder reflect the diverse languages and cultures of immigrants that have settled from the sixteenth century to the present day: including French Huguenot, Dutch, Jewish, Indian, Arabic, Korean, Japanese, Chinese and African.
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