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The Celtic book of names : traditional names from Ireland, Scotland, and Wales
Conway, D. J. (Deanna J.)
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Publication Information:
Secaucus, NJ : Carol Pub. Group, 1999.
Physical Description:
ix, 229 pages ; 21 cm
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"A Citadel Press book."--T.p. verso.
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CS2377 C66 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Offers primarily American readers two types of reference. The lists and meanings of given names could be used to find a name for a baby; the list of surnames can enlighten people on meanings and geographical origins. The arrangement is first by country, then in the case of given names by gender. Names and traits of deities are also listed. The treatment is not scholarly rigorous, but anyone who can tell has deeper resources to consult. Conway provides excellent pronunciation guides for names that sound different than their spelling would indicate to English speakers. She does not include an index. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

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Conway, who has written numerous books on Celtic topics (e.g., Celtic Magic, Llewellyn, 1990) features traditional names from Ireland, Scotland, and Wales but not Cornwall, the Isle of Man, or Brittany. The book is arranged alphabetically by first names, surnames, and names associated with myths and legends, and the introduction provides a succinct history of the Celts. Interestingly, many first names have become surnames, especially in Ireland and Scotland. For example, O'Brien means "son of Brien" and mac Cumail refers to the son of Cumail. Correct pronunciation for personal names is given where spelling differs from pronunciation, but there are times when pronunciation is impossible to determine. Accent marks are highlighted as well. Conway suggests that readers use a dependable Gaelic dictionary for the Celtic country of choice. This is a good reference source, complete with bibliography and snippets of history sprinkled throughout. Celtic descendants living in North America should like this title; a less comprehensive choice is Loreto Todd's Celtic Names for Children (Irish American, 1998).ÄLarry R. Little, Penticton P.L., BC (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.