Medieval Naming Guides: Slavic and Baltic
Slavic and Baltic Names
There's a fine
bibliography of sources on Slavic naming available as part of the
Slavic Interest Group website.
- Russian Names
of Period Russian Names, by Paul Wickenden of Thanet
- An excellent discussion of how name elements were put together in
period. This is part of the introduction to Paul's dictionary, the
- A Dictionary of Period
Russian Names, by Paul Wickenden of Thanet (2nd edition)
- A compilation of period names gleaned from a host of sources,
organized to show variant forms, diminutives, and patronymics, and
accompanied by an excellent description of how to put names together.
The author has published a 3rd edition in print, but has no plans to
publish it on the web.
- "A Chicken Is Not A Bird":
Feminine Personal Names in Medieval Russia, by Paul Wickenden of Thanet
- A discussion of women's bynames.
Locative Bynames in Medieval Russia, by Paul Wickenden of Thanet
- Occupational Bynames in Medieval Russia, by Paul Wickenden of Thanet
- Sorted by type of occupation.
- Russian Personal Names: Name Frequency in the
Novgorod Birch-Bark Letters, by Predslava Vydrina
- An analysis of names from a collection of documents spanning the 11th
to 15th centuries, incuding tables of masculine and feminine given
names and bynames. There are pictures of a couple of the original
on the website of the
- Zoological Bynames in Medieval Russia, by Paul Wickenden of Thanet
- Bynames based on the names of animals.
- Russian Ornithological Bynames, by Paul Wickenden of Thanet
- A discussion of medieval Russian bynames based on the names of birds.
- Botanical Bynames in Medieval Russia, by Paul Wickenden of Thanet
- Bynames based on plant names.
- Polish Names
- Polish Given Names in Nazwiska
Polaków, by Walraven van Nijmegen and Arval Benicoeur
- An index of late-period masculine and feminine given names taken from
a dictionary of Polish surnames. Note that the spellings are not
necessarily period ones and in some cases are simply the standard
modern forms. The appearance of a name in this article
proves only that some form of it was used in late-period Poland.
Polish Feminine Names, 1600-1650, by Aryanhwy merch Catmael
- A short list of given names collected from dated examples in a
dictionary of surnames.
- Czech and Slovak Names
- Common Czech Names of the 15th and
16th Centuries, by Walraven van Nijmegen
- A list of common men's and women's given names.
German Names from Kosice, 1300-1500, by Guntram von
Wolkenstein and Anya Mstyslavyaya
- A collection of names from the register of offices of a prison in
Slovakia. The article contains surnames as
well as given names. The given names are Latinized; most of the
surnames are not. Most of the names are German; a few are
Slavic. Master Talan has provided
the surnames in the articles. Also
posted by the SCA
Shire of Adamastor.
- Early Croatian Given Names, by Walraven
- Lists of men's and women's names, with some advice on forming complete
- Heads of
State of Croatia List
- We aren't sure if the spellings can be trusted, but given our limited
resources on this culture, this list seemed worth including.
- Lithuanian Names
Names, by Willam R. Schmalstieg
- An article in the scholarly journal
Lituanus. The author is a scholar of
Old Prussian. This article is an outline of the development of naming
customs in Lithuania, written for a general audience. It contains a number
of dated examples. Also at this website is an article analyzing
Three Lithuanian City
- Feminine Names from the Gediminid Line of Lithuania, by Walraven van Nijmegen
- Analyzes the names of women from a fourteenth-century ruling dynasty.
- Latvian Names
Medieval Latvian Given Names, by Aryanhwy merch Catmael
- A list of some given names (the author has only covered the
letters A to M so far). Many spellings are modernized;
medieval Latvian didn't include many of the special characters used
in the article.
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