Sandstone Press

Hello, My Name Is... by Neil Burdess

RRP: £14.99
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9781910985328
Publication Date: 03/11/2016
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Hello, My Name Is...
The Remarkable Story of Personal Names

Neil Burdess

Using examples from Anglo-Saxon kings to today’s celebrities, Hello, My Name Is... charts the history and importance of personal names— given names, surnames, titles, and professional names. Not long ago, one in two boys was named William, John or Thomas. Today, only one in twenty has one of the three most popular names as parents aim for something more distinctive. Tradition aside, the choice of surname is as open to parents as the choice of given name, while the titles we use have their own histories, such as how ‘Mrs’ once said nothing about a woman’s age or marital status. Hello, My Name Is... also looks at professional names used by authors and actors.

Neil Burdess

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The author's given name, Neil, is one he shares with the first man on the moon. He would like to claim that he was named in honour of Neil Armstrong, because he would then be 20 years younger. His...

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