The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain provides information on almost all names with more than 30 bearers in the UK 2011 census, based on the latest research. Each of the around 43,500 entries covers the name's etymology, variants, frequency, and historical and geographical distribution.
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The Oxford Dictionary of Family Names of Britain and Ireland published to great acclaim in November 2016. It was the result of a 4-year funded research project into family names of the British Isles based on previous research but using new principles, methods, and resources, and provided explanations of and evidence for the origins, history, and geographical distribution tens of thousands of family names that are found in Britain and Ireland, many of them
never explained before.
The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Family Names of Britain includes almost all of the 45,600 names from the original text, plus some original rare names, in a more concise format. Each entry includes:
- variant names
- 1881 British frequencies for each name
- main GB locations
- etymological explanations, including multiple senses, language/culture, and name type
This Dictionary makes the unique family names content of the original 4-volume set available to individuals and libraries for whom it is otherwise out of reach. It will be of especial interest to researchers into family history.