Medieval Naming Guides: Old English

Old English (Anglo-Saxon)

Anglo-Saxon Names, by Ælfwyn æt Gyrwum
A list of given names from a modern translation of Bede. Modern scholarly spellings are used and Latin spellings from the original text are given for many names.

Anglo-Saxon Women's Names from Royal Charters, by Marieke van de Dal.
A list of feminine names collected from a set of charters available online (see below)

Anglo-Saxon Charters, compiled by Sean Miller; also available via the British Academy - Royal Historical Society's Regesta Regum Anglorum.
A collection of Anglo-Saxon charters, in Latin. The lists of signatories and witnesses at the ends of many of the charters are good sources for names; in many charters, each name in these lists is marked with a +. The names are given in documentary forms and some are Latinized, so they do not necessarily reflect the common spoken forms of names. In many cases, removing the ending -us produces the original name, but some are more heavily Latinized. For any particular name, it would be wise to confirm the standard form in another source; you can ask the Academy of Saint Gabriel for help.

The Names of Testators in the Cartularium Saxonicum Malmesburiensem, by Aryanhwy merch Catmael.
A collection of masculine and a handful of feminine names from 7th-11th C (pre-Conquest) charters. The charters are in Latin, but the testators signed their names in a mix of English and Latin. Where known, the standardized Old English spelling is provided.

PASE Database, part of the Prosopography of Anglo-Saxon England
A database of individuals mentioned in pre-Conquest English documents. Alphabetized by modern standard form; the "recorded forms" heading gives original spellings. The database is also indexed by status, possessions, occupations, relationships, and more. This database replaces an older list of Anglo-Saxon people recorded in selected reference works.

Personal Names in the Domesday Book, by Constanza of Thamesreach.
A county by county list of the Latinized names found in the Great and Little Domesday books, with standardized forms. Not all of the names are Old English; many of the invaders from the Continent are also listed, as well as names of Breton, Cornish, Welsh, and Norse origin.


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