The first new book on American surnames to be published in 20 years, this definitive guide is an indispensable resource for those interested in researching family histories. Each of the 5,000 alphabetically listed entries includes the root name and any derivatives and variations.
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Compiled by his granddaughter from the files of Philip Slepian, who wrote a newspaper column about American surnames for 40 years, this new addition to the field of American surnames joins Elsdon Smith's New Dictionary of American Family Names (Gramercy Pub. Co., 1988). For the 5000 most common surnames in the United States, the book provides origin, rank in terms of prevalence, the number of persons with the name in the Social Security Administration database for 1980, and narratives of prominent Americans bearing the surname. While the work also purports to list the published genealogies at the Library of Congress, a search shows the library to hold a much larger number of family histories than are listed here. Conversely, some genealogies are ascribed to the Library of Congress that are not in the collection. Thus, the book is recommended with reservations. Librarians whose collections include Smith's dictionary may wish to wait for a corrected and expanded second edition of this.?Judith P. Reid, Library of Congress
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Based on the 1984 Report of Distribution of Surnames in the Social Security Number File, this book lists the 5,000 most common family names in the U.S. as reported by the Social Security Administration. Entries are listed alphabetically, with variant forms in parentheses. Each notes the ranking on the SSA list (Smith is number one), the number of people on the SSA list with that name (3,376,494 Smiths), and the derivation of the name, including the country of origin and a brief etymology. Many entries contain information about famous bearers of that name. Any published genealogies are noted at the end of entries. Although names of the British Isles predominate, this book indicates that there are 35,458 Rubins, 12,395 Schatzes, 10,095 Tans, 9,753 Tanakas, 10,845 Testas, 9,460 Thorsons, and 54,895 Trans on the Social Security records. For all genealogy collections. Sandy Whiteley
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