Surnames, DNA, and Family History

Paperback | November 8, 2015

byGeorge Redmonds, Turi King, David Hey

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This book combines linguistic and historical approaches with the latest techniques of DNA analysis and shows the insights these offer for every kind of genealogical research. It focuses on British names, tracing their origins to different parts of the British Isles and Europe and revealing hownames often remain concentrated in the districts where they first became established centuries ago. In the process the book casts fresh light on the ancient peopling of the British Isles. The authors consider why some names die out while others spread across the globe. They use recent advances inDNA testing to investigate whether particular surnames have single, dual, or multiple origins, and to find out if the various forms of a single name have a common origin. They show how information from DNA can be combined with historical evidence and techniques to distinguish between individualswith the same name and different names with similar spellings, and to identifty the name of the same individual or family spelt in various ways in different times and places.The final chapter of this paperback edition, looking at the use of genetics in historical research, has been updated to include new work on the DNA of Richard III.

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This book combines linguistic and historical approaches with the latest techniques of DNA analysis and shows the insights these offer for every kind of genealogical research. It focuses on British names, tracing their origins to different parts of the British Isles and Europe and revealing hownames often remain concentrated in the dist...

George Redmonds is a freelance historian, specialising in Names Studies and Local History. He has lectured widely in Europe, North America, Australia and New Zealand and in 2001 presented the BBC Radio 4 series 'Surnames, Genes and Genealogy'. His numerous books include Surnames and Genealogy (1997) and Names and History (2004). Turi...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.57 inPublished:November 8, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198736487

ISBN - 13:9780198736486

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. By-names2. Hereditary Surnames3. Expansion and Decline4. Distribution and Migration5. Linguistic and Social Factors6. Meaning and Method7. DNA and Surnames8. The Link Between Surname and Y Chromosome Type9. The Wider PictureConclusionBibliographyIndex of NamesGeneral Index

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"This book is ground-breaking for two reasons: firstly, it is the only book I have encountered that takes a truly multi-disciplinary approach to surname study, integrating linguistic, historical, genealogical, geographical, and scientific (genetic) evidence, and secondly, it is the first bookI have read that reviews and identifies the strengths and (more particularly) the deficiencies of surname study to date and clearly sets out the various sources and methods one can and should use to investigate surnames successfully. For these two reasons alone the book deserves to be read by anyonewith an interest in surnames or names and naming more generally." --Simon Draper, Nomina 12/11/13