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The Romance of Names   By: (1865-1954)

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THE ROMANCE OF NAMES

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BY THE SAME AUTHOR

THE ROMANCE OF WORDS

"A book of extraordinary interest; those who do not yet realise how enthralling a subject word history is could not do better than sample its flavour in Mr. Weekley's admirable book."

Spectator. Third Edition. 6s. net.

SURNAMES

"A study of the origin and significance of surnames, full of fascination for the general reader."

Truth. Second Edition. 6s. net.

AN ETYMOLOGICAL DICTIONARY OF MODERN ENGLISH

"It is a very great pleasure to get a dictionary from Mr. Weekley. One knows from experience that Mr. Weekley would contrive to avoid unnecessary dullness, even if he were compiling a railway guide, but that he would also get the trains right."

Mr. J. C. SQUIRE in The Observer. Crown 4to. £ 2 2s. net.

Third Edition, Revised

THE ROMANCE OF NAMES

by

ERNEST WEEKLEY, M.A.

Professor of French and Head of the Modern Language Department at University College, Nottingham; Sometime Scholar of Trinity College, Cambridge

London John Murray, Albemarle Street, W. 1922

First Edition January 1914 Second Edition March 1914 Third Edition May 1922

All Rights Reserved

CONTENTS

THE ROMANCE OF NAMES

PREFACE TO THE THIRD EDITION 1

PREFACE TO THE SECOND EDITION 2

PREFACE TO THE FIRST EDITION 3

CHAPTER I. OF SURNAMES IN GENERAL 7

PERSONAL NAMES 8

NICKNAMES 9

MYTHICAL ETYMOLOGIES 10

ALTERNATIVE ORIGINS 11

NAMES DESIRABLE OR UNDESIRABLE 13

CHAPTER II. A MEDIEVAL ROLL 15

LONDON JURYMEN 16

MIDDLESEX JURYMEN 23

STEEPLE CLAYDON COTTAGERS 25

CHAPTER III. SPELLING AND SOUND 29

VARIANT SPELLINGS 30

DIALECTIC VARIANTS 32

APHESIS 33

EPITHESIS AND ASSIMILATION 35

METATHESIS 36

BABY PHONETICS 37

CHAPTER IV. BROWN, JONES, AND ROBINSON 40

OCCUPATIVE NAMES 40

THE DISTRIBUTION OF NAMES 42

CHAPTER V. THE ABSORPTION OF FOREIGN NAMES 44

THE HUGUENOTS 44

PERVERSIONS OF FOREIGN NAMES 46

JEWISH NAMES 48

CHAPTER VI. TOM, DICK AND HARRY 49

MEDIEVAL FONT NAMES 49

THE COMMONEST FONT NAMES 50

FASHIONS IN FONT NAMES 52

DERIVATIVES OF FONT NAMES 53

THE SUFFIX COCK 55

CELTIC NAMES 56

CHAPTER VII. GODERIC AND GODIVA 57

FORMATION OF ANGLO SAXON NAMES 57

ANGLO SAXON NICKNAMES 59

ANGLO SAXON SURVIVALS 61

MONOSYLLABIC NAMES 62

"HIDEOUS NAMES" 63

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