Moray author provides some answers to ‘What’s in a Name?’


A Moray author is hoping to inspire personal studies into family history through a new book that examines the roots of etymology.

Elgin write Ian Murray Tough is set to see his second published work hit the bookstores – and they could not be further apart in subject matter.

His first publication, released last year, was the children’s book ‘Animal Holidays’, the story of a Zoo park ranger who decides that the monkey’s under his charge deserve a holiday.

Now the Elgin-based writer has produced a book that publishers Austin Macauley describe as “a fascinating and incisive study which may inspire others to conduct their own detective work into family history”.

The book – ‘What’s in a Name?’ – explains the importance of names in everyday lives, looking into their complexity in social and family history. The work is the result of months of painstaking research by the author who said: “It conveys subject matter that is associated with research into family history and its genealogy.”

Mr Tough is lining up more in his series of children’s books to follow up Animal Holidays and is currently working on a novel, while he remains hopeful that his publishers will put a poetry collection to print.

“What’s in a Name?” ISBN 9781849635394 by Ian Murray Tough is available to buy from Amazon and all good booksellers from March 31.

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