The author

Lino Franceschini was born in Bedizolle (Brescia), Italy. In 1965 he came to Germany without any knowledge of the German language. There he worked as a lathe operator at a big steelwork in Mühleim/Ruhr als In 1970, after four years of attending a college in Essen, he was the first foreign worker with the “Abitur”” (highest school-leaving exam in Germany) who got a scholarship from North Rhine-Westphalia. He then studied economics at the University of Bochum. After his marriage he moved to Olpe. His interests in etymology and linguistics derived from his studies of names of places and rivers near his hometown in the Lombardy.

His books are available in many universities of Germany and Europe.any