Common Czech Names of the 15th & 16th Centuries
© 1999 by Brian R. Speer; all rights reserved.
last modified 5 June 1999
The names in this list were found in:
Frantis^ek Kopec^ný, Pruvodce Nas^imi Jmény, 2nd
ed. (Praha: Academia, 1991)
Unfortunately, this book is in Czech (which I can't read), but there is a
general discussion of the history of Czech names to introduce the book.
Pages 14-15 include a summary of the most common names from several
sources of the 15th and 16th century, and it is this material which is
summarized here. English equivalents are given in square brackets after
Researchers interested in dated examples or early spellings of names will
be disappointed by the rest of the book. Most spellings are the standard
modern ones, and few of the entries in this book have any examples or
citations. However, I have found the book useful for identifying the
gender and origin of modern Czech names.
All spellings given in the list below are the standard modern ones, and
are not necessarily those used before 1600. Several characters have a
hacek (which looks like a small "v") over them in the source
material. This is represented in the list below by a caret (^) after the
letter. Maybe one day HTML coding will universally support the characters
of Eastern European languages, but I'm not going to hold my breath till
Common Masculine Names
The following names were used by 50% to 60% of Czech men in the 15th &
16th centuries. In all the sources, Jan was consistently the most
popular name, accounting for 15% to 27% of the men's names in any sample.
Other names varied in popularity at different times.
- Jakub [Jacob]
- Jan [John]
- Mate^j [Matthew]
- Matous^ (16 c only)
- Mikulás^ [Nicholas]
- Ondr^ej (16 c only) [Andrew]
- Pavel (16 c only) [Paul]
- Petr [Peter]
Common Feminine Names
The following names were used by 60% or more of Czech women recorded in
the 15th & 16th centuries.
- Alz^be^ta [Elizabeth]
- Dorota [Dorothy]
- Kater^ina [Catherine]
- Markéta [Margaret]