The author was a feature writer for the Irish times for many years and has written several books including the popular,Irish Family Histories. Over 40 million people in the United States alone claim Irish extraction. Each of the 350 entries start with a brief etymology of the given name, related forms, and geographical distribution. Has examples of famous people and brief bios. Very handy guide. New Book. Boulder, CO, 1997 Roberts Rinehart Publishers 1st Ed., 6 x 9, 332 Pgs., HB. Published at $ 24.95.