Medieval Naming Guides: Other Asian Cultures

Names from Other Asian Cultures

Central Asian
We discuss Turkish names elsewhere.

Khazarian Names
Part of a website devoted to the culture of Jewish Khazaria.

Personal Names in Warres Betweene the Turkes and the Persians, by Ursula Georges
A short list of names taken from a 16th century English translation of an Italian history, including some Georgian names.

Indian Names
The Indian sub-continent was home to many widely varying cultures and languages, and we have very little material on any of them. These articles are just our first attempts to provide some help in choosing an appropriate name.

Some Sources for pre-1600 Indian Names, by Tangwystyl verch Morgant Glasvryn
A short list of sources that we believe contain useful information.

Women's Names from 16th Century Inscriptions at Tirupati (India), by Tangwystyl verch Morgant Glasvryn
A small collection of women's names from one part of India.

Medieval Tamil Names, by Ursula Georges
A small collection of names from 9th-14th century southern India.

Female Chola Names, by Irayari Vairavi
Names from inscriptions dating from the Chola Kingdom. The Cholas ruled a large part of South India (modern Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, and Andhra Pradesh) until the 14th century. Most of the names are Tamil or Tamilized Sanskrit.

An Analysis of South Indian Female Names found in Donors, Devotees and Daughters of God, by Irayari Vairavi
A collection of Tamil names from pre-14th C South Indian inscriptions.

Some Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century Mughal Women's Names, by Ursula Georges
A few names, mostly of royalty.

Chinese Names
Period Chinese Names, by Yin Mei Li
A fine introductory discussion of pre-17th century Chinese names and naming customs with a list of feminine given names. The sections on masculine names and surnames are not ready yet. A version without frames is also available. Note: Firefox users may need to change the encoding to UTF-16 (View --> Character Encoding --> UTF-16) to read this article.

Academy of Saint Gabriel report 2346
A general discussion of Han naming practices and lists of common family names and masculine given names.

Academy of Saint Gabriel reports 2342 and 2527.
Each includes some feminine given names.

Japanese Names
Japanese Formal Masculine Given Names, by Solveig Þrondardottir
A list excerpted from her pamphlet Name Construction in Mediaeval Japan. There are short lists of Japanese names elements, extracted from the same source, as well as some general discussion of naming practices in pre-1600 Japan, in these reports from the Academy of Saint Gabriel:
  • 3001: A sizeable list of 14th-16th century women's given names.
  • 2009: A small list of 14th century men's nanori
  • 2019: Selections of men's given names from the 14th-16th century.
  • 1330: Some family names and men's nanori from the 12th-16th centuries.

An Online Japanese Miscellany: Japanese Names, by Edward Effingham
Part of his Online Japanese Miscellany, which also includes a discussion of modes of address. A general discussion of Japanese names and naming customs, somewhat simplified. A name chosen using this article as a guide isn't certain to be historically plausible, but it will usually be so.


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