Medieval Naming Guides: Old English
Old English (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
- A list of feminine names collected from a set of charters available
online (see below)
Charters, compiled by Sean Miller; also available via the British
Academy - Royal Historical Society's
- 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
- 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.
The Medieval Names Archive is published by
the Academy of Saint Gabriel and
Sara L. Uckelman. It was historically published by
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