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23 Best Etymology Books of All Time


Our goal: Find what the internet ranks as the best Etymology books (instead of one person's opinion).

    Our process:
  1. Search for "best etymology books" and study the top 4 articles.
  2. Add only the books mentioned 2+ times.
  3. Rank the results neatly for you here! 😊
    (This took a long time, but we do the research so you don't have to!)

(Updated 2022)

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  1. 1

    The Lost Words

    Robert Macfarlane

  2. 3
  3. 5

    Frindle

    Andrew Clements

  4. 8

    Wheelock's Latin

    Frederic M. Wheelock

  5. 13

    The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language

    Editors of the American Heritage Dictionaries

  6. 17
  7. 20
  8. 21

    Word Origins

    John Ayto

  9. 22
  10. 23

FAQ

  • How was this Etymology books list created?

    We searched for "best Etymology books", found the top 5 articles, took every book mentioned in 2+ articles, and averaged their rankings.

  • How many Etymology books are in this list?

    There are 23 books in this list.

  • Why did you create this Etymology books list?

    We wanted to gather the most accurate list of Etymology books on the internet.

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