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Genealogy and Surnames, with Some Heraldic and Biographical Notes
Media: DATA CD - 1 CD (182 pages)
Author: W. Anderson
Year: (1865) 2005
Written by William Anderson in 1865, to this day, this is still an invaluable study of Scottish names and their origins, and as such it surveys an astonishingly broad array of names and how they came about.
In earlier days, of course, one was known locally by one's characteristics, but increasingly with urbanization, family names began to emerge and to be applied to all members of a family, regardless of personal characteristics, occupation, or abilities.
This study begins with the original significance of names and continues with chapters on personal names; names derived from striking peculiarities; names from color and complexion; from animals; from weapons and insignia of war; from trade, offices and occupations; genitive names and diminutives; surnames derived from trees, plants, waters and rivers; from countries, towns and lands; and then a final chapter on surnames from sources other than these. The whole book is an amazing compendium of names, their origins, and their meaning in Scotland.
High quality scanned images of the whole of the original book. This CD has been bookmarked for easy navigation, and pages can be browsed, enlarged and printed out if required. Please note it is not searchable.
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