What’s in a Name?

Everything You Wanted to Know


Author: Ashley, Leonard R. N.
Publication Date: 1989. Rev. ed. 1996
Reprint Date: 2000
Pages: 265 pp.
ISBN: 9780806312613


Nobody in America knows more about names than Prof. Ashley, and his book is designed for everyone. It will tell you the facts behind the names of persons, places and things; about how names are chosen for business and for success; how they are used for everything from tracing settlement patterns to telling fortunes; how forenames have their fashions; where surnames had their origins; all about names in the U.S. and around the globe.

Open the book anywhere and you’ll find something that catches your attention: name trends and fashions, name crazes, names in magic and the occult, middle names and nicknames, trick names and married names, place names, street names, good names and bad names, the psychology of names, naming practices around the world, personal factors in naming, tips for giving a child a good name, what names tell us about ourselves . . . you name it, it’s here!

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