Cassell's Dictionary of First Names by John Ayto
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Cassell's Dictionary of First Names
By John Ayto

Cassell's Dictionary of First Names

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Cassell's Dictionary of First Names by John Ayto

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What does the name David actually mean? When did Kylie become a popular girl's name? Which famous literary and historical figures have shared the name Diana? Is Rick a shortened form of Richard, Derek, Frederick - or perhaps all three? This fascinating dictionary answers all these and many other questions, explaining the meaning of more than 2000 names and showing where they come from, whether they are currently in fashion, and how their popularity has risen and fallen over the years. It also provides intriguing information about people, both fictional and real-life, who have shared particular names, and whose fame has sometimes helped to popularise them. Wide in scope, it covers not only traditional names (Mary, John, Peter) but also such unusual names as Almira, Festus and Lalange.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780304362264
ISBN-10: 0304362263
Format: Paperback
(196mm x 130mm x 40mm)
Pages: 704
Imprint: Cassell Reference
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Publish Date: 11-Apr-2002
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - John Ayto

Adrian Room is the author of more than 50 popular reference books, mainly on the origins of words, and in particular, names. He is a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and a member of the English Place-Name Society and American Name Society. He was a senior lecturer in Russian with the Ministry of Defence until 1984, when he took up full-time writing.

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