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Everyman's Dictionary of First Names - Leslie Dunkling & William Gosling

J. M. Dent & Sons, 1983, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Gently bruised at the head of the spine and the top corners of the boards with a little wear to the dust wrapper as a result. A little scuffing to the dust wrapper. Text complete, clean and tight.

From the cover: “First names have never been so important as they are today, when everyone claims the right to be recognized as an individual. Now that the choice of names is wider than ever there could be no better guide to them than this new book — the most important, authoritative, up-to-date and thorough dictionary of first names to have been published.

Because of the authors’ exhaustive statistical research — in Britain, America, Canada and Australia — the 4,500 entries in the book (mentioning over 10,000 names) reflect with considerable accuracy the names which have been generally used in the English-speaking world in the last few centuries, and especially in the modern period. Leslie Dunkling and William Gosling explain where these names came from, when they have been most used and, if possible, why they were most used. Their book differs from previous works of this kind in its use of wide-ranging name-counts, many of them privately assembled, in its unique consideration of the interplay between British and American names, and in the variety of information given about each name.

Not every first name can be included in this Dictionary but as many as 90% of the first names used in the English-speaking world will be found herein. First names so often reflect the changes in society that each name here also tells a story about the world in which we live. Parents with the pleasant task of choosing a name from those that are available will be sure to find one in these pages that is ‘just rightj while browsers and others will enjoy reading about both the names that are familiar or in fashion as well as those that are unusual or long since discarded. In short, this is a book which affects, and interests, us all.”


Size: 9½" x 6¼". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [XVI] 304 pages.
£6.50

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