Cornish Names is the first attempt in one volume to cover all the personal names (both surnames and given names), placenames (both major and minor), and other onomastic aspects of the ancient language of Cornwall. That ancient Celtic language saw its last native speaker die before the end of the eighteenth century but Cornish has undergone a revival since the nineteenth century. Today its enthusiasts chat on the Internet.
Cornish Names ranges from what to name the baby or a vacation house in Cornwall to how history and literature and folklore are preserved in the names of saints and the common people. It includes some discussion of this Celtic language, its formal names and nicknames, and placenames of the Isles of Scilly, too.
Cornish Names is written by a leading expert on name study, twice president of the American Name Society (ANS) and for decades on the editorial board of the journal Names and the executive board of ANS. Cornish Names is written in an entertaining as well as authoritative style, for the general reader.
You may find here your own name or names of people you know, for the Cornish, wreckers and builders, miners and adventurers, have spread from their duchy in the west of Britain all over the world. John Hancock is the most noted American of Cornish descent but he is but one of the famous Cornish people.