William Lewis, author of the books 'What's in your Surname?' and 'What's in an English Place-name?'.

William Lewis - Historical Researcher & Author


Welcome to the official website of William Lewis, author and historical researcher.

This site provides details of the authors published work and news and developments of forthcoming titles.


December 12th 2011 After the success of his book about the development of British surnames Brazen Head Publishing now release his companion volume on English place-names.


"a worthwhile work of reference that cannot fail to assist the family historian . . . a first class work of reference ... buy this book and you will understand your own history as never before." - Your Family History.

"William Lewis takes us through a wonderful journey of discovery to show just how much the names that we use every day can tell us about the medieval world and about our own particular ancestors . . . "

"Scholarly and detailed, but immensely readable . . . "

"Wonderful little book is a fascinating introduction to how surnames came about . . . "