Often time one ask...where did that surname come? Many of us on this side of the great pond (USA) have asked this question. "The Surnames of Wales" offers a source to check if it be from Wales.
The authors state: "...it is the purpose of this book to provide the reader with a detailed insight into the origins and occurrence of the more common surnames within Wales, together with some consideration of those which have established something of a presence at the regional or more local level." (p.4) They begin this account after 1800. The appendix section (A-C) provide helpful information regarding surnames by "Parishes" and "Hundreds" (Appendix A), surnames derived from various sources [eg. Old Testament, etc.] (Appendix B), and a offer for a limited service to enquirers (Appendix C). A "Surname Index" ends the book. This index can provide a quick answer to a surname question.
The book is published by Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., Baltimore, MD. It was first published in 1996. A helpful book it is.