Surname Studies

NEW RELEASE:  Book of Jewish and Crypto-Jewish Surnames, by Judith K. Jarvis, Susan L. Levin and Donald N. Yates (Longmont: Panther’s Lodge, 2018)

1. Adler, Michael (1939). Jews of Medieval England. London: The Jewish Historical Society of England.

2. Addison, William Wilkinson (1978). Understanding English surnames. London: Batsford.

3. Bahlow, Hans (1972). Niederdeutsches Namenbuch. Wiesbaden: Sandig.

4. Bahlow, Hans (1967). Deutsches Namenlexikon : Familien- und Vornamen nach Ursprung und Sinn Erklart. Munich: Keysersche Verlagsbuchhandlung,

5. Bardsley, C.W. Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames. London: 1901.

6. Baring-Gould, S. (1990). Family names and their story. Detroit : Omnigraphics.

7. Beaucarnot, Jean Louis (1988). Les noms de famille et leurs secrets. Paris: R. Laffont.

8. Behind the Names: The Etymology and History of First Names. Available at:

9. Beider, A (1993). A Dictionary of Jewish Surnames from the Russian Empire: Avotaynu, Teaneck, NJ.

10. Beider, A (2004), A Dictionary of Jewish Surnames from Galicia: Teaneck: Avotaynu.

11. Beider, Alexander, Eider, Alexander (1993). A Dictionary of Jewish Surnames. Teaneck: Avotaynu.

12. Bell, George Morrison (2006). Genealogy of Old and New Cherokee Indian Families. Bartlesville: Watie Bell.

13. Bell, Robert (1988). The book of Ulster surnames.

14. Black, George F. (1999). Surnames of Scotland. Edinburgh: Birlinn.

15. Brechenmacher, Josef Karlmann (ca. 1961). Etymologisches W”rterbuch der deutschen Familiennamen. Limburg a.d. Lahn: Starke-Verlag,

16. Burke, J.B. (1921). Peerage and Baronage. London: Burke’s.

17. Carnoy, Albert Joseph (1953). Origines des noms de familles en Belgique. Louvain: Éditions Universitas.

18. Central Intelligence Agency (U.S.). Leaflet series on Personal Names, various countries, such as Albanian Personal Names, Czechoslovakian Personal Names, Armenian Personal Names, etc.

19. Chapuy, Paul (1934). Origine des noms patronymiques français (donnant l’étymologie de 10,000 noms de famille) suivi d’une etude sur les noms de famille basques. Paris: Dorbonàiné.

20. Cellard, Jacques (1983). Trésors des noms de familles. Paris: Belin.

21. Ch’ên, Ch’êng-chih (1972). A standard romanized dictionary of Chinese and Japanese popular surnames Hanover: Oriental Society.

22. Compan, André (1976). Étude d’anthroponymie provençale : les noms de personne dans le comté de Nice aux XIIIe, XIVe et XVe siècles. Lille : Atelier Reproduction des thèses, Universite Lille III. Paris: Champion.

23. Cottle, Basil (1973). The Penguin Dictionary of Surnames. London: Penguin.

24. Czech Surnames. Website available at: Czech Surnames.

25. Daitch-Mokotoff Soundex System. Available online at Jewish Gen.

26. Debrett’s Peerage and Titles of Courtesy. London: 1891.

27. Dauzat, Albert (1980). Dictionnaire étymologique des noms de famille et prénoms de France. Ed. rev. et augm. par Marie-Therese Morlet. Paris: Larousse

28. De Breffny, Brian (1982). Irish family names : arms, origins, and locations. Dublin: Gill and Macmillan.

29. De Felice, Emidio (1991). I cognomi italiani : rilevamenti quantitativi dagli elenchi telefonici : informazioni socioeconomiche e culturali, onomastiche e linguistiche. Bologna: Il mulino. Describes frequency of name by region and community.

30. Divanach, Marcel (1975). 5000 [i.e. Cinq mille] patronymes bretons francais. Brest: Editions du Vieux meunier breton

31. Domesday Book. A Complete Translation (1992). Ed. A. Williams and G. H. Martin. London: Penguin.

32. Dorward, David Philip (1995). Scottish surnames. Glasgow: HarperCollins.

33. Ewen, C.(1968). A history of surnames of the British Isles : a concise account of their origin, evolution, etymology, and legal status. Detroit: Gale Research.

34. Faiguenboim et al. (2004). Dicionario Sefaradi de Sobrenomes/ Dictionary of Sephardic Surnames. Sao Paolo: Fraiha.

35. Finsterwalder, Karl (1978). Tiroler Namenkunde : Sprach- u. Kulturgeschichte v. Personen-, Familien- u. Hofnamen : mit einem Namenlexikon. Innsbruck.: Inst. f. Deutsche Philologie d. Univ. Innsbruck.

36. French Sephardim (n.d.). “Sephardic and Jewish Surname List,” available online at: Surnames A

37. Fucilla, Joseph Guerin (1949). Our Italian surnames. Evanston: Chandler’s.

38. Gottschald, Max (1982). Deutsche Namenkunde : unsere Familiennamen. New York: de Gruyter.

39. Guérios, Rosário Farâni Mansur (1981). Dicionário etimologico de nomes e sobrenomes. Sao Paulo: Editora Ave Maria.

40. Hanks, Patrick and Flavia Hodges (1998). A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford UP.

41. Harrison, Henry (1969). Surnames of the United Kingdom : a concise etymological dictionary. London : Eaton.

42. Hellfritzsch, V. (1987). Familiennamenbuch, herausgegeben von Horst Naumann. Leipzig: Bibliographisches Institut Leipzig.

43. Hornung, Maria (1989). Lexikon österreichischer Familiennamen. St. Pölten: Niederoesterreichisches Pressehaus.

44. Iordan, Iorgu (1993). Dictionar al numelor de familie românesti. Bucuresti : Editura Stiintifica si Enciclopedica.

45. Jacobs, Joseph (1901-1906). “Personal Names,” in The Jewish Encyclopedia. A Descriptive Record of the History, Religion, Literature, and Customs of the Jewish People from the Earliest Times to the Present Day, pub. By Isidore Singer and ed. by Cyrus Adler. Orig. published in London. Reprint by KTAV Publishing House, 1980.

46. Jones, G. F. (1990). German-American names. Baltimore: Genealogy Publishing.

47. Kaganoff, B. C. (1977). A Dictionary of Jewish Names and Their History. New York: Schocken.

48. Lamb, Gregor (1980). Orkney surnames. Edinburgh: P. Harris.

49. Last Name Meanings website. Has links to MyFamily searches.

50. Lawson, Edwin (n.d.). Pronunciation and Meaning of Russian Names.

51. “Lista de Apellidos Judios segun noto de Pere Bonnin [Sangre Judia].

52. Maduell, Charles R. (1977). The romance of Spanish surnames. New Orleans.

53. Makedonski, Angel Michael (1987). Bulgarische Familiennamen in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland einschliesslich Berlin (West). Neuried : Hieronymus.

54. Morgan, T.J. (1985). Welsh surnames. Cardiff: University of Wales Press.

55. Neumann, Johann (1977). Tschechische Familiennamen in Wien: eine namenkundl. Dokumentation 15.690 Familiennamen, interpretiert bzw. ubers. v. berufenen Slawisten Haufigkeitszahl u. Quellennachweis bei jedem Namen. Vienna: Holzhausen

56. O’Neill, P. G. (1972). Japanese names : a comprehensive index by characters and readings. New York : Weatherhill

57. Peters, Victor (1987). Mennonitische Namen. Marburg : Elwert.

58. Plank, A.N.W. van der (1979). Het namenboek : de herkomst van onze voornamen en de hiervan afgeleide achternamen. Bussum: Romen.

59. Polish Roots Surnames: Origins and Meanings. Based on William F. “Fred” Hoffman, Polish Surnames: Origins and Meanings.

60. Portuguese Translation (n.d.). “Portuguese Translation of Names from Sephardim List,” e-mail discussion group postings, available from

61. Reaney, Percy H. (1967). The origin of English surnames. New York: Barnes & Noble.

62. Reaney, Percy H. (1991). A dictionary of English surnames. New York : Routledge.

63. “Sangre Judia” (“Jewish Blood”) by Pere Bonnin. A list of 3,500 names used by Jews, or assigned to Jews by the Holy Office (la Santo Oficio) of Spain. List is a result of a census of Jewish communities of Spain by the Catholic Church and as found in inquisition records.

64. Santos, Richard G. (1981). Origin of Spanish names : como te llamas y por que te llamas asi. San Antonio: R.G. Santos.

65. Seibicke, Wilfried (n.d.). Die Personennamen im Deutschen. New York: de Gruyter.

66. “Namelist,” Also: “Sephardic Names Translated into English from Arabic (A), Aramaic (AR)….”

67. Starr, Emmet (`1977). History of the Cherokee Indians and Their Legends and Folk Lore. Millwood: Kraus.

68. Stern, Malcolm H. (1991). First American Jewish Families, Third Edition. Baltimore, Md.: Ottenheimer Publishers.

69. Westney, Lynn C. Hattendorf and E. Lawson (n.d.). A Selective Bibliography of International Web Sites Relating to Toponyms, Anthroponyms and Miscellaneous Name Sites for use in Conducting Onomastic Research. Originally prepared for ICOS 2002, Uppsala, Sweden, August 2002. Unusual research areas, such as Croatian Parish Registers. Available at: Link.

70. Woods, Richard Donovon (1978). Spanish surnames in the southwestern United States: a dictionary. Boston: G. K. Hall.