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Celtic Names for ChildrenCeltic Names for Children Listing over 2,000 names from Celtic tradition, this guide to Celtic names for girls and boys covers names from Ireland, Scotland, Wales, the Isle of Man, Cornwall, and Brittany. The meaning behind each name is explained, as are associated myths and stories or places and saints that are commemorated by each. Also included are pronunciation guides, interesting facts about some of the best-known Celtic names, and over 120,000 variations of the names listed. Celtic Names.

The Book of Scottish NamesThe Book of Scottish Names The rich traditions of the Picts and later Celtic peoples in Scotland have given us some of our most beautiful and evocative names. This stunning gift book lists the most popular names for both girls and boys, giving their derivations, pronunciations, meanings and the legends associated with their historical and mythical namesakes. The history of Scotland is full of legends of bravery and dating, from the victories of William Wallace and Robert the Bruce in the Middle Ages to the adventure of Bonnie Prince Charlie, saved by Flora MacDonald, as well as stories of the wars between the clans and the legends of Macbeth and the Black Douglas. The final section of the book includes the names of past Scottish kings and queens for further inspiration. Names, from the ever-popular Stuart, Hamish and Shona to the more unusual Mungo and Ailsa, are accompanied by specially commissioned illustrations and tap into the growing popularity of displaying a cultural affinity in the naming of a child, making The Book of Scottish Names the ideal present for parents-to-be.

Scottish Place NamesScottish Place Names The only comprehensive and systematic study of Scottish place-names. From names which date from the dawn of time - such as the river names Tay or the Avon - to more modern names, such as Fort William or Helensburgh, Nicolaisen brings to life the rich tapestry of history which has shaped our country over thousands of years. Few of us are aware of the implications, symbolism and history of the names which we use and take for granted every day, and indeed of the continuous process of naming and re-naming which goes on around us. More than anything else, these place-names offer insights into the movement of peoples over Scotland over millennia, and often allow the modern reader to glimpse individuals who, if they had not been commemorated by place-names, would otherwise have disappeared from the historical record.

Celtic Placenames of ScotlandThe Celtic Placenames of Scotland First published in 1926, this remains the best and most comprehensive reference guide to the Celtic place-names of Scotland. This is the only paperback edition of this classic work, which is essential reading for anyone interested in Scottish history and the derivations of place names the length and breadth of the country. Many place-names date before the arrival of the Celts (the name 'Tay', for example, is almost certainly thousands of years old), and each successive group of invaders and settlers - Britons, Dalriadic Scots, Anglo-Saxons, Vikings, Normans, Picts and many others - constantly adding and enriching, leaving their own unique story in the landscape. The book is divided into sections dealing with early names, territorial divisions, general surveys of areas; it also looks at saints, church terms and river names. For the scholar, and indeed anyone interested in the subject, this book is a prime reference point which has never been surpassed.

Scottish Clans and Family NamesScottish Clans and Family Names: Their Arms, Origins and Tartans This book provides a guide to the surnames of Scotland. Each entry covers the history, areas of family lands, castles and tartans, ancient and modern, associated with the powerful clans of the Highlands, and the great families of the Lowlands. The author's extensive introduction puts clan development into historical context. There are 240 tartan patterns and over 70 photographs of clan and family lands and their castles in full. Additional photographs highlight famous clan personalities. The clan armorial crest illustations and the designs for the Matriculated Standards of the Clan Chiefs of Scotland are the work of the late heraldic artist, Don Pottinger. Malcolm Innes of Edingight CVO, Lord Lyon King of Arms, has contributed a foreword. The six pages of maps indicating spheres of influence of families about the turn of the 18th century were compiled by the late Sir Iain Moncreiffe and are supplemented by an extensive cross-index of sept names. Recent years have seen the revival of clan and family societies throughout the world and this book provides a comprehensive guide to all those who wish to know more about their Scottish ancestors.

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