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Reaney, Percy Hide, 1890 - 1968



  • Existence: 1890 - 1968
  • Usage: 1890 - 1968


Percy Hide Reaney was born in Sheffield in 1890. He attended the University of Sheffield, graduating B.A. in 1911, M.A. in 1913, and taking the degree of D.Litt. in 1935, being only the second person to do so. He was in addition a Ph.D. (London, 1931). Other achievements included: Leverhulme Research Fellow in English (1940-41), member of the Council of the English Place-Name Society, the Council of the Philological Society, and the Essex Archaeological Society, and Chairman of Walthamstow Antiquarian Society.

Reaney was a noted philologist and researcher in personal, and place names, and author of numerous related publications. He is chiefly remembered as the author of 'A Dictionary of British Surnames' (1958), 'The Origin of English Place-Names' (1960), and 'The Origin of English Surnames' (1967). Dr Reaney also contributed to the English Place-Name Society series (in particular Essex and Suffolk). He died in 1968.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Reaney Manuscripts

Reference code: 75
Scope and Contents The extant material in the collection consists of the post-World War II papers of Dr Percy Hide Reaney. The collection comprises working notes, offprints and articles, some correspondence, an annotated copy of 'A Dictionary of British Surnames', and a proof copy of 'The Origin of English Surnames'. The majority of the papers date from 1946 to 1967, with one letter dated 1943. The documents in the collection relate primarily to the two works on surnames, and additionally to...
Dates: 1943 - 1967