Vol. 68 No. 2 (2020)
Book Review

The Surnames Handbook: A Guide to Family Name Research in the 21st Century, By Debbie Kennett: Gloucestershire: The History Press, 2012. Pp. 224. $18.99. ISBN: 978-0-7524-6862-4.

Published 2020-04-02


  • personal names,
  • business names,
  • sound-based translation,
  • meaning-based translation,
  • English,
  • Korean,
  • Chinese
  • ...More


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