Date: Thu, 16 Feb 1995 22:50:55 EST From: Larry Horn Subject: Re: Derivation of Jake >My assumption has always been that Jake is a nickname for Jacob rather >than James or John, but diachronic onomatologist needs to sign on and >give us the scoop. Speaking of diachronic onomatologists, can anyone recommend a good source for records on the developments of personal names, e.g. how frequently a given name was bestowed (in the U.S.) at a particular point in time (I'm trying to track down some information pertaining to the mid-nineteenth century in particular), differentiated by sex of namee? thanks. Larry