- Series: Opr Series
- Hardcover: 272 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press; First Edition edition (February 1, 1979)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0195024656
- ISBN-13: 978-0195024654
- Product Dimensions: 4 x 0.7 x 4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,422,489 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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American Given Names: Their Origin and History in the Context of the English Language (Opr Series) First Edition Edition
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Both books tell you not only the meaning and derivation of the name, but when it entered the English language, when it became popular, disappeared, and came back into fashion, which segments of the populace used the name most-- and the reasons behind it all. Next to these two, almost all other name books available in the U.S. today are junk.
Whereas Dunkling/Gosling has many more names (and is much, much cheaper!), Stewart sticks to fewer and goes into more depth on many. He also concentrates on American practice, rather than the entire English-speaking world. There are quite a few Puritan names here (ever heard of Preserved Fish?), making this especially useful for U.S. genealogists.
Finally, every literate person should have a name dictionary on his reference shelf next to the regular dictionary and the thesaurus. If you just want to name your next kid, Dunkling/Gosling is good enough, but if you're a student, writer, historian or genealogist, get Stewart's too. It's worth it.