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Dr George Redmonds was an internationally recognised local historian, specialising in the origin of surnames and place names.

In 1973 he wrote Yorkshire: West Riding, the first volume in the English Surnames Series, and in 2001 he presented the BBC Radio 4 series 'Surnames, Genes and Geneaology'. Recent publications include Surnames and Geneaology (1997), Christian Names in Local and Family History (2003), Names and History: People, Places & Things (2003) and The Place-Names of Huddersfield (2008); and The Making of Huddersfield (2003), reprinted by Wharncliffe Books. George was a well-known lecturer at international conferences.

He passed away in the summer of 2018, aged 82, and an obituary was printed in the Yorkshire Post newspaper.