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date: 02 April 2020

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This chapter discusses dictionaries of given names, surnames, nicknames, and pseudonyms in the English-speaking world. Topics include the size, range, and structure of inventories; information about spelling and pronunciation; selection and presentation of evidence and etymologies; accuracy and clarity of explanation; scholarly dictionaries of medieval given names and surnames; the role of computerized databases; online dictionaries. The chapter shows how varied is lexicographic practice in this area, reflecting differences in data, source languages, and onomastic usage and history, as well as in research methodology, editorial and etymological competence, and the target readership. Homonymy is identified as a major problem for surname lexicographers in arriving at valid etymologies and in assigning quoted forms to particular senses.

Keywords: dictionaries of personal names, dictionaries of family names, dictionaries of given names, English personal names, American personal names, Celtic personal names, nicknames, online dictionaries, pseudonyms

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