Joel Mann is a Medical Technologist in his hometown of Birmingham, Alabama. He is an avid genealogist as well as a layman in the field of onomastics.
A mild mannered medical technologist by day, Mann transmutes into a student of topographical onomastics when bitten by his interest in history and genealogy. Here he compiles elements of place-names that he has spent much time looking up in atlases, dictionaries, and gazetteers; along with their meaning, the language they come from, and often an example of their use in an actual name. He confesses that he is a layman in the field, and must rely on his sources for accuracy. Reference and Research Book News This book will be of the greatest interest to the education amateur, browsing out of the same historical and/or genealogical curiosity that inspired Mann to write it. Serious onomastic professionals who lack language-specific resources also will find this volume useful in many cases, given the sheer quantity of raw material it contains. Names: A Journal Of Onomastics, Vol. 55, No. 1 (March 2007) ...a useful book... Reference Reviews This dictionary defines elements of place names from over 300 languages. American Reference Books Annual