REf Dictionaries Atlas Language Guides Writing Guides Learn more
Buy Used
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
Used: Very Good | Details
Condition: Used: Very Good
Comment: Former library copy with standard library markings. Eligible for free Super Saver Shipping and Prime. Fast Amazon shipping plus a hassle free return policy mean your satisfaction is guaranteed!
Access codes and supplements are not guaranteed with used items.
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

A Dictionary of Pseudonyms and Their Origins, with Stories of Name Changes, 3rd Edition Hardcover – January, 1998

ISBN-13: 978-0786404230 ISBN-10: 078640423X Edition: 3rd

Price: $7.94
5 New from $19.99 39 Used from $0.01 1 Collectible from $9.98
Amazon Price New from Used from
"Please retry"
$19.99 $0.01

Special Offers and Product Promotions

  • Take an Extra 30% Off Any Book: Use promo code HOLIDAY30 at checkout to get an extra 30% off any book for a limited time. Excludes Kindle eBooks and Audible Audiobooks. Restrictions apply. Learn more.

Customers Who Viewed This Item Also Viewed


Best Books of the Year
Best Books of 2014
Looking for something great to read? Browse our editors' picks for 2014's Best Books of the Year in fiction, nonfiction, mysteries, children's books, and much more.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 404 pages
  • Publisher: Mcfarland & Co Inc Pub; 3rd edition (January 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 078640423X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786404230
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 7.5 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,864,017 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Library Journal

Top toponymist and onomastician Room doubled the number of entries (to 8000) in this expansive revised edition of his 1989 volume of the same name. While you can find information on pseudonyms in a number of other references, such as Gale's Contemporary Authors, this is likely your best single source. In each entry you'll find the person's given name, other pseudonyms, and background on how (and sometimes why) the pseudonym came to be. Entries cover current and historical personages ranging from King Tut and the Rolling Stones' Bill Wyman to Greta Garbo and Italian castrati who adopted the names of their patrons. Seven lively and entertaining introductory chapters examine such topics as what a name is, where names come from, and why people choose to change their nameAonce or repeatedly. The appendixes offer even more: a listing of Voltaire's and Daniel Defoe's numerous pseudonyms (178 and 198, respectively), lists of the pen names of current writers, and a list of real names often supposed to be pseudonyms. Filled with fascinating tidbits of information gleaned from copious research, this is recommended for public, research, reference, and art libraries.ACarol Spielman Lezak, General Learning Corp., Northbrook, IL
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Booklist

Twice as many entries as the previous edition, which was published in 1989. Many existing entries have been updated. This is the place to find the real name of actor Laurence Harvey (Larushka Mischa Skikne), to sort through all the names used by Voltaire, or to discover the origins of the names Alice Cooper and Tiny Tim. Room, described in the publisher's promotional literature as "a noted toponymist and onomastician," is also the author of Placenames of the World [RBB Je 1 & 15 97] and numerous other name and word origin books.

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, read author blogs, and more.

Customer Reviews

There are no customer reviews yet.
5 star
4 star
3 star
2 star
1 star
Share your thoughts with other customers