After thirty years teaching mathematics and science in Oxford schools, William Lewis left the profession in 1996 to take up the final post of his career at the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology in Oxford.
On his retirement in 2010, he turned to a long-standing enthusiasm – mediæval English history. He has written a book about the development of British surnames and now releases this companion volume on English place-names.
William Lewis now lives quietly beside the River Severn in the pleasant Worcestershire town of Bewdley.
WILLIAM LEWIS uncovers the origins and development of first names in Britain. This unique insight takes the reader from the names of ancient Britons in Roman times through to the modern day and the cult of the celebrity. ‘What’s in your First Name’ discusses the history of over 1,500 names in common use in English, including the very latest names as well as those dating back over 2,000 years.
What's in an English Place-Name? offers a fascinating chance to trace the names within our localities back to their roots and to give an absorbing insight into our district's histories. Discussing the origins of hundreds of place-names in England this book provides a comprehensive understanding of how place-names arose.
There are few books which look at British history solely through surnames. William Lewis presents a fascinating and entertaining history with accounts of over 2000 of our surnames. CONTENTS include How old are Surnames?; Surnames from Occupations; Surnames from Places; Surnames from Local Features ; Surnames from Relationships; Surnames from Words of Affection and Surnames from Nicknames.