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134 NOTICES OF BOOKS.
XXIII— NOTICES OF BOOKS.
History of Christian Names. By the Autho...
134 Notices Of Books.
134 NOTICES OF BOOKS .
Xxiii— Notices Of Books.
XXIII— NOTICES OF BOOKS .
History Of Christian Names. By The Autho...
History of Christian Names . By the Author of " The Heir of Hedclyffe . " 2 vols ., £ , 1 10 s . Parker and Son .
su The pposition title , that History the writer of Chri limited stian Names her work ,, " to ght modern lead to times the
Christianit and especially So confined far from this being ttention the t o s nations eif the t professin itle of the g ,
opening- chapter y . , " The Spirit of _Nomenclature , , " had been given to the whole workthe desiof the author would have been
better expressed ; , for this is gn an account of the original and proper We have name books s of men in and lent women from surnames the earliest . It is times the peculiar .
province of every Dr . p Dryasdust y upon ( and what county is without some of the fraternity ) , to hunt up the pedigree of local notorieties
and thus discover a mine of materials upon which the College aire of H de eralds sires handle draw to at p his leasure , whenever Far different a new- is made itwhen
milliona name . we its pass sp from irit , and mere universality local patronymics . Tlie , subject to consider has been nomencla hith _^ erto ture so in
little considered , that the author can point to no work , wherein it has Ibeen few treated with anything like completeness . A few
bu lists t com , a plet local e informa derivations tion could have onl appeared y be obtained from by time patient to time and , industrious research . Yet comparative nomenclature is the
but student infallible ' s best guide assistan throug t in historical h the labyrinth investiga of t myth ion , inde , legend ed , a , n all
si tradition gnification . And become thus illustrations proper names of language , considered reli i n th charac eir wide ter st
and fashion , and mementoes of the circums , tances g which , have , assisted their , transmission from remote to modern times . In
and the preface to the , special the author objects refers she to had tli in e difficul view . ties she encountered ,
for , " this The I chan hav ge e been s through collecting which the word sfrom passes is tionaries one of gr books eat interest of travels , and
genuine histories , w ord , p opular stead o t ales transla , whenever ting y it into peop , English le were . so The good , history as to of give names the , , to have been but little examined
however , seemed , nor why one should be an popular other and in one another coun forgotten talone — a why nother one around should some flourish ett throughout district . Some Europ of e , py
ry , t these he tracing questions of were atron answered saintsand by history their relics , some and by genealogy legends , In man each y mor case e by I
have tried to find p out whence , the name camewhether it had . a patronand whether the patron took it from the myths then or , heroes tried of to his classif own country , , or
having from the found meaning that t of o trea the t words them . merel I h y ave alphabetically , utterly y de the stroyed names all , loose classificationt
l their angua in terest , then and by meaning connection or . spirit It , has but been always a with the endeavour , to firs mak by e connectionand to out their interest
them appear in their , bring . "
English Woman’s Journal (1858-1864), Oct. 1, 1863, page 134, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/ewj/issues/ewj_01101863/page/62/