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book on names

November 23, 2015 05:24PM
In case anyone is interested, I just found a rather neat resource for first names: History of Christian Names by Charlotte Mary Yonge. The first edition was published in 1863 by Parker, Son, & Bourn, but I've been looking at her revised edition published in 1884 by Macmillan and sons, London which has been digitized and is freely available as an ebook via google books:


If you are struggling to come up with first names for your characters (especially names that were in use during Regency England), this book is quite useful (well, really it contains WAY more information than I needed but it is fascinating to read all the same). Yonge also lists references to other (earlier) monographs on the history of names, in case you just can't get enough.

Personally, I was sold after reading this part of Yonge's preface to the first edition:

Charlotte M. Yonge, 1884
I cannot put forth this attempt without a few words of apology for having undertaken it at all. The excuse is, chiefly, the attraction that the subject has had for me for at least twenty years, from the time when it was first taken up as matter of amusement. The difficulty of gaining information and the inconsistencies of such as I did acquire, convinced me that the ground was almost untrodden; but the further I advanced on it, the more I perceived that it required a perfect acquaintance with language, philogy, ethnology, hagiology, universal history, and provincial antiquities; and to me these were so many dark alleys, up which I only made brief excursions to knock my head against the wall of my own ignorance.

Have fun!

book on names

Jean M.November 23, 2015 05:24PM

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