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23 Best Etymology Books of All Time

Our goal: Find the best Etymology books according to the internet (not just one random person's opinion).

    Here's what we did:
  1. Type "best etymology books" into our search engine and study the top 4 pages.
  2. Add only the books mentioned 2+ times.
  3. Rank the results neatly for you here! 😊
    (It was a lot of work. But hey! That's why we're here, right?)

(Updated 2023)

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  1. 1

    The Lost Words

    Robert Macfarlane

  2. 3
  3. 5


    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


  • 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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