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Family names (2016)
Book Chapter
Hanks, P., & Parkin, H. (2016). Family names. In C. Hough (Ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Names and Naming, 214-236. Oxford University Press

A chapter on the history of family-names and family-name research in Europe, Asia, and the Indian subcontinent. Co-authored with Prof. Patrick Hanks.

The fourteenth-century poll tax returns and the study of English surname distribution (2015)
Journal Article
Parkin, H. (2015). The fourteenth-century poll tax returns and the study of English surname distribution. Historical Methods: A Journal of Quantitative and Interdisciplinary History, 48(1), 1-12. https://doi.org/10.1080/01615440.2014.946985

The modern-day distributions of English surnames have been considered in genealogical, historical, and philological research as possible indicators of their origins. However, many centuries have passed since hereditary surnames were first used, and s... Read More about The fourteenth-century poll tax returns and the study of English surname distribution.

English regional dialect lexis in the names and occupations of the Gloucestershire Cotswolds: A reassessment of the relationship between names and dialects (2015)
Journal Article
Parkin, H. (2015). English regional dialect lexis in the names and occupations of the Gloucestershire Cotswolds: A reassessment of the relationship between names and dialects. Dialectologia et Geolinguistica, 23(1), 24-37. https://doi.org/10.1515/dialect-2015-0002

A number of surname-based studies have presented a relationship between medieval regional dialect lexis and the distribution of associated modern-day surnames. However, by carrying out localised research, it appears that the two might not be so close... Read More about English regional dialect lexis in the names and occupations of the Gloucestershire Cotswolds: A reassessment of the relationship between names and dialects.

The onomastic data of the fourteenth-century poll tax returns: A case for further dialectological study of late medieval english (2014)
Journal Article
Parkin, D. H., & Parkin, H. (2014). The onomastic data of the fourteenth-century poll tax returns: A case for further dialectological study of late medieval english. Studia Anglica Posnaniensia, 49(2), 33-61. https://doi.org/10.2478/stap-2014-0007

An important source of localisable Middle English dialectological data has recently become widely accessible, thanks to the published transcription of the 1377, 1379 and 1381 poll tax re-turns by Carolyn C. Fenwick (1998, 2001, 2005). As the only col... Read More about The onomastic data of the fourteenth-century poll tax returns: A case for further dialectological study of late medieval english.

Surname typology and the problem of inconsistent classification (2013)
Journal Article
Parkin, D. H., & Parkin, H. (2013). Surname typology and the problem of inconsistent classification. Names: A Journal of Onomastics, 61(4), 200-211. https://doi.org/10.1179/0027773813Z.00000000053

This paper analyzes methodological inconsistency in surname classification, and the implications this has for the comparability of different works. Many studies have organized surnames by type, based on each name's "meaning," in order to identify nat... Read More about Surname typology and the problem of inconsistent classification.

Change in the by-names and surnames of the Cotswolds
Thesis
Parkin, D. H. (2014). Change in the by-names and surnames of the Cotswolds. (Thesis). University of the West of England

This thesis builds on previous studies of English by-name and surname history. Many have identified the regionally specific nature of name development in England (McKinley, 1990: 20; Hey, 2000: xi; Redmonds, 2004: xiv), yet most of our knowledge come... Read More about Change in the by-names and surnames of the Cotswolds.


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