Dictionary of American Family Names

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Patrick Hanks
Oxford University Press, May 8, 2003 - Reference - 2128 pages
Where did your surname come from? Do you know how many people in the United States share it? What does it tell you about your lineage? From the editor of the highly acclaimed Dictionary of Surnames comes the most extensive compilation of surnames in America. The result of 10 years of research and 30 consulting editors, this massive undertaking documents 70,000 surnames of Americans across the country. A reference source like no other, it surveys each surname giving its meaning, nationality, alternate spellings, common forenames associated with it, and the frequency of each surname and forename. The Dictionary of American Family Names is a fascinating journey throughout the multicultural United States, offering a detailed look at the meaning and frequency of surnames throughout the country. For students studying family genealogy, others interested in finding out more about their own lineage, or lexicographers, the Dictionary is an ideal place to begin research.

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I am completely offended by this complete fabrication of my last name. After much research I have found information that does not support the findings of this fabricated narrative. I am also offended that the “English” did little to no research when researching the ancestry of my French last name, and has my last name defined as “the village idiot”. Louisiana primarily spoke French before the United States pressured Louisiana to have their residents speak English instead of Louisiana French. My father was beaten in elementary school for speaking his native language, and you all thought we had freedom of speech in this country? I will be pursuing legal action, and I want every last copy recalled! How dare you write this false narrative about my family and ancestors Patrick Hank!! 

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Quattrucci is not a misspelling of the name Quattrocchi, they are two different last names. Quattrucci's meaning is "decendant of Quattro, or four' and Quattrocchi means "four eyes". The Quattrocchi and Quattrucci are from two different areas of Italy with no relation.

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Patrick Hanks is a consultant in corpus-based lexicography and phraseology at the Berlin Academy of Sciences. He was formerly Chief Editor of Current English Dictionaries at Oxford University Press, and a research fellow in lexical computing at Brimingham University. He has been researching the geographical distribution, meaning, and origin of surnames for over 30 years.

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