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Articles and Books about Surnames


There are a number of books that have been published either relating to surnames in general, to surnames for specific countries or regions or relating to specific surnames. Some of those books are free of copyright in which case the link will take you to where you might download a copy or read online. Other books that are still in print might be available from bookstores or Amazon and in some cases a link to Amazon has been provided for ease of access. Some titles do not easily identify the location and as such may refer to a place located in England, Canada, Italy, United States or elsewhere and others may be general.

Article or Book Title Author (surname, first name) Publication Date Link
American Surnames Smith, Elsdon Coles 1969  
Anstey:Our True Surname Origin and Shared Medieval History Anstey, G M & Anstey, T J 2017 Available online – Amazon
Evolution & Origins of a One-Name Study (Italian One-Name Study) Goucher,Julie September 2017 edition Family Tree Magazine (UK)
Hispanic Surnames and family history Lyman De Platt 1996  
Inheritance of English Surnames Haggett, Brian; Sturges, Christopher 2013  
Our Italian Surnames Fucilla, Joseph G 1949 Available online – Hathi Trust
Research your Surname Davis, Graeme 2010  
Seven Pillars of Wisdom – The Art of One-Name Studies (digital version) Guild of One-Name Studies 2012 Available online – Amazon
Seven Pillars of Wisdom – The Art of One-Name Studies (paperback version) Guild of One-Name Studies 2012 Available from the Guild
Some descendants of Richard Austin of Charlestown, Massachusetts 1638 Carlin, Jim & Liz Austin 1998 Austin Families Association of America
Suffolk Surnames Bowditch, Nathaniel Ingersoll 1858 Available online – Internet Archive
Surnames as a Science Ferguson, Robert 1883 Available online – Internet Archive
The Surname Detective Rogers, Colin D 1995  
The Surnames Handbook Kennett, Debbie 2012  
What’s in a Surname – A journey from Abercrombie to Zwicker McKie, David 2013