The source for these names is Adhelm Bernier, ed., Monumens Inédits de l'Histoire de France, 1400-1600: Mémoires Originaux concernant principalement les villes d'Ameins, de Beauvais, de Clermont-Oise, de Compiègne, de Crépy, de Noyon, de Senlis, et leurs environs (Paris: Joubert Libraire & Guillemot Libraire; and Senlis: Regnier, 1835). Specifically, they are taken from an appendix titled Comptes de Jacques Truyart, Recepveur des Denier Communs, Dons et Octroiz de la Ville de Senlis, 1586-1599.
The M. Bernier provided no notes on his transcription of the original documents, but judging from archaic spellings etc. the text appears to be transcribed in its original form. In particular, the names do not appear to have been modernized. The grave accents, as in the surname Piguière, were probably added by the modern editor: they are quite rare in period documents.
Spellings of names are consistent, with only a couple exceptions. Most individuals are identified by one given name and one surname: There are no middle names. Most surnames appear to be fixed and not used literally, e.g. Claude Lemaire, archer: Lemaire means "mayor", archer "bowman". On the other hand, Jehan Lefebvre, chevaucheur d'escurie could be literal: "John Smith, stable rider". Marin Bruyant, cryeur de nuit probably is literal: "Marin Noisy, town crier at night". One man is identified with a nickname or alternate surname, Simon Bonvallet dict le sergent Lefrent "Simon Bonvallet called Sergeant Lefrent". I cannot determine if men with the same surname are related; the best indication is that Anthoine and Thomas Degeresmes are both merchants.
It is worth observing that the women do not bear feminine forms of their family names. That was a common practice in many (or perhaps all) parts of France a century earlier.
I have assumed that there aren't two people mentioned here with identical names. Under that assumption, the records name 3 women and 82 men by full names, and perhaps 34 more people by surname or title alone. These last are listed separately. Among the women, I found two given names -- but the sample is obviously too small to be meaningful. Among men I found 36 given names.
These names appear twice each: Claude, Guillaume, Martin.
These names appear once each: Adam, Arthus, Azor, Berthault, Denis, Estienne, Framboust, Germain, Gervais, Laurens, Loys, Marin, Medart, Paoul, Phélix, Rieulle, Robert, Sansson, Simon, Thomas, Torgeu, Vaast, Ysay, Yves, Zacarie.
monsieur/madame/sieur de Thorey (several times, and once as Thore)
Courcelles (also sieur de Courcelles)
cappitaine Gaston (could be a given name)
duc de Guise
le sieur d'Aumalle
le sieur d'Humerolles
madame d'Angoulesme or Angoulemme
madame de Gesvres (also Gevre)
madame de Montmorency
monsieur de Bauyeulle
monsieur de Boudeville
monsieur de Dandelot
monsieur de Hallot
monsieur de La Noue
monsieur de Liencourt
monsieur de Longueville
monsieur de Nevers
monsieur/madame de Nemours
sieur Le Roulle
sieur de La Garde
sieur de Sillery
sainct Jehan Baptiste also Sainct-Jehan-Baptiste
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