This is a fabulous new resource from OUP – the result of a four year project resulting in the linguistic origins, history, and geographical distribution of 45,600 most frequent family names in Britain and Ireland. The print and online database, offers an explanation for all names from the very common to many rarer names with 100 current bearers. More about the project here:
At £400 per copy it will be one for the libraries and organisations to purchase –
However, you can request your local library stock the dictionary – follow the link provided on the page. The online dictionary will also be available to the general public until the end of November – again follow the link and access details provided at the bottom of the page in the following link. Enjoy!