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The Origins of English Surnames
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Joslin Fiennes
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The Origins of English Surnames

Joslin Fiennes


Robert Hale Ltd

Genealogy, heraldry, names & honours;
Family history, tracing ancestors


304 pages

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Surnames carry the history of people in a very personal way. In England surnames were mostly established by the end of the fourteenth century - by ordinary people, for ordinary people. Uniquely, surnames describe medieval lives not captured by any other record. They tell us what these people did, where they went, what they noticed and give clues about their culture and memories. Where genealogists and etymologists focus on single names, this book takes groups of names and explores what these say about the society that created them. In The Origins of English Surnames you will find the English people at a key moment in history, revealing the way they spoke, the jokes they made, and their memories of ancient cultures - all at a time when land-based feudalism was crumbling and people sought better lives.

By:   Joslin Fiennes
Imprint:   Robert Hale Ltd
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 216mm,  Width: 138mm,  Spine: 29mm
Weight:   655g
ISBN:   9780719816529
ISBN 10:   0719816521
Pages:   304
Publication Date:   October 2015
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Joslin Fiennes has an academic background in languages and economics, both of which inspired the idea of this book. She worked initially as a freelance writer in Africa before moving to the United States and becoming an economist, working on countries in Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe. Since returning to the UK, Joslin has been a magistrate and school governor.

'A rich story in every surname is waiting in the latest book to come from Dartmouth author Joslin Fiennes.' ... 'make up a picture of ordinary medieval life' Dartmouth Chronicle 'it is an enthralling examination of the hidden patterns in surnames, which will make you look at the names on your family tree in an exciting new light.' Family Tree

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