Medieval Naming Guides: English Names 1066 to 1300
English Names from the Conquest to 1300
- Normans at the Battle of Hastings
- A list of names of men known to have accompanied William the Conqueror.
These are modern spellings. This list replaces
another that we now know to be
Jewish Naming Conventions in Angevin England, by Eleazar ha-Levi
- A very fine survey of Jewish names from the late 11th through the 13th
Feminine Given Names in
A Dictionary of English Surnames, by Talan Gwynek
- This dictionary, by P. H. Reaney, contains thousands of dated examples
of full names. Master Talan has collected all the period feminine
names cited in this work, which range from the Conquest to the end of
our period. This excellent piece of scholarship was previously
published in the proceedings of the Known World Heraldic Symposium in
1994. The names are presented here indexed by period: before 1250,
1250 to 1450, and after 1450.
- Given Names from Early 13th Century England,
by Talan Gwynek
- Analysis of
877 masculine given names and
165 feminine given names
in documents dating from 1230 to 1247
Feminine names from Devon, 1238, by Aryanhwy merch Catmael
- Given names of a couple hundred women, in Latin forms or modern
The actual spoken, English forms of the names can generally be
Feminine Given Names in
A Dictionary of English Surnames.
Names from 13th Century Northumberland, by Aryanhwy merch
- Given names of a couple hundred women, from a Latin document.
The Latin names are paired with their English, spoken forms.
- Index of Names in the 1292 Subsidy Roll of London, by Aryanhwy merch
- Masculine and feminine given names and surnames.
Two Early London Subsidy Rolls, British History Online
- Text of tax rolls from 1292 and 1319, with detailed introduction.
Lay Subsidy of 1296
- Lists of names copied from the source document by
Postles of Leicester University.
Karen Larsdatter has compiled an
index of the names.
The same data
more compact format in Douglas Galbi's collection of lists
Names in England Before 1800. The three text columns of
his database format give the location where the name was
reocrded, the original spelling of the full name (mostly
Latinized), and a standard modern spelling of the given name.
- A Brief
Introduction to Medieval Bynames, by Arval Benicoeur and Talan
- A discussion of how descriptive surnames were constructed,
illustrated with examples form late medieval England.
- 12th & 13th
Century English Textile Surnames, by Aryanhwy merch Catmael
- A list of occupational bynames used by textile workers.
"Misplaced" Names in Reaney & Wilson, by Jeanne Marie Lacroix
- A list of some medieval bynames in Reaney & Wilson's Dictionary
of English Surnames. Mostly 13th and 14th century, but some earlier
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