“No name is an island…”

“No name is an island, entire of itself; every name is a piece of the Continent, a part of the main…” – an adaptation of the words of John Donne*.

A One-Name Study is a study of one name. But as my research progresses so is my perspective changing. At the start, I firmly believed that my chosen name (EZARD) was ‘just’ an uncommon English surname that can cause problems with spelling and pronunciation.

It is now emerging that EZARD is a name swept by the tides of history to distant shores and different peoples – nonetheless, it is one name, un nom, Ein Name….

But how, but why, but when did this name travel? The answers make for an intriguing, fascinating Study.

*”No man is an iland, intire of it selfe; every man is a peece of the Continent, a part of the maine; …”
John Donne 1579-1631
from Meditation 17
Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions, 1624


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