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19/07/2019: Great British Names and Their History

Great British Family Names and Their History
What’s in a Name?
By John Moss
Published by Pen and Sword History

As a writer, I got this book to assist with character names and the history attached to them which occasionally helps with character development too. I wasn’t disappointed – although I suspect Moss didn’t write the book for this purpose.

Primarily, it is a snapshot of British family names from their derivation including any translations from the Domesday Book, so covers absolutely everything about them.

With several map diagrams complete with key, Moss gives so much historical information by way of his extensive research that it is not a book for a single sitting but a reference book to dip in and out.

The world is a better place for the intricate and curious minds of people like Moss.

Reviewed by Sarah Banham

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