by AElfwyn aet Gyrwum
(Jodi McMaster, email@example.com)
© 1999 Jodi McMaster, all rights reserved. Updated 2005.
The Canterbury Freeman's Rolls of 1298-1363 include many women's names, a rather unusual feature for documents of this period. The women's names appear because one of the ways to qualify for admission as a freeman was to be married to the daughter of a freeman. A total of 230 freemen were admitted by marriage during this 65 year period, 26% of the total admissions (892). In the earlier documents, the names of the wives were not usually listed in the records. Beginning in 1344-45, the names appear regularly.
All the feminine names appear in Latinized forms. In many cases, the underlying English name can be recovered by dropped the Latin ending -a or -ia, or by replacing it with a final -e. I have spelled them as they appear in the records. They are sorted alphabetically and by frequency.
Source: Du Boulay, F.R.H., Kent Records: Documents illustrative of Medieval Kentish Society (London: Records Publication Committee of the Kent Archaeological Society 1962).
Here are the women's names sorted alphabetically with the dates they appear beside them.
|Agnes, Angnes||1345-46, 1349-50, 1357-58|
|Alicia||1344-45, 1345-46, 1349-50, 1350-51, 1355-56, 1361-62|
|Anicia||1349-1350||Editor's Note: This name is probably a scribal or typographical error for Auicia, a normal Latinization of Avice.|
|Christina||1344-45, 1345-46, 1361-62|
|Helewysa||1302-03, 1356-57, 1361-1362|
|Isabella||1345-46, 1349-50, 1357-58|
|Johanna||1344-45, 1345-46, 1349-5, 1355-58, 1361-62|
|Juliana||1344-45, 1345-46, 1349-50, 1357-58|
|Leticia, Letticia, Letitia||1344-45, 1349-50, 1356-57, 1361-62, 1362-63|
There are a total of 30 different names for 94 different individuals, listed here from most popular to least, with the number of times it appeared.
|Cecilia, Clemencia/Clementia, Dionisia, Emma, Sarra||2 times each|
|Anicia, Celestina, Custancia, Desiderata, Elena, Elianora, Katerina, Lora, Mariota, Martha, Mathilda, Nichola, Wymarda||1 time each|