Personal Names in the Domesday Book

by Constanza of Thamesreach (Genny Grim)

© 2013 Genny Grim; all rights reserved
last updated 27Jul13


The Domesday Book records details of a survey of land ownership and taxation that was completed in 1086 under the direction of William the Conqueror. "Book" is something of a misnomer. The survey is extant in two parts. The first, called "Little Domesday", covers Essex, Norfolk, and Suffolk. The second, called "Great Domesday", covers a further 31 counties that, together with those in Little Domesday, comprised England in 1086. (It is worth noting that county boundaries in the 11th century do not exactly match the current boundaries.)

Because the survey was designed to record property, not people, it is often unclear whether multiple instances of the same name are the same person who held many properties, or if there were several landowners who all had the same name. For this reason I will not be recording frequency data.

I will be working through each county in both Little and Great Domesday, and will make the lists of names available as I have completed them.

Names are sorted into female, male, gender unknown, and bynames. They are then alphabetized by the Latin original. Gender data is taken primarily from the PASE database; where this data is unavailable, I have consulted Withycombe and articles from the Medieval Names Archive.

I have transcribed the names from the Phillimore Domesday, which includes the original Latin as well as a translation. I have also recorded the name translations found in the Alecto Penguin edition, which are almost identical to the standardized Old English forms used by PASE. Where they differ, I have indicated this with a note detailing the discrepancy. (For a full list of published editions of Domesday, see

I have expanded contracted names and bynames where possible; expanded contractions are in square brackets. Where a mark of contraction occurs that I have not been able to expand, I have indicated this with an asterisk.

I have transcribed all names exactly as they appear in my sources with one exception. I have replaced the medial 's' with a short 's' to make the lists more readable.



Domesday translations

Morris, John (general ed.), Domesday Book (Chichester: Phillimore, 1975-1992), vol. 10 Cornwall.

Williams, Ann and Martin, G. H. (eds.), Domesday Book: a complete translation (London: Penguin, 2003).

Secondary sources:

Prosopography of Anglo-Saxon England database,

Ælfwyn æt Gyrwum, "Anglo-Saxon Names" (WWW: Academy of S. Gabriel, 1997),

Talan Gwynek, "10th Century Frisian Masculine Names" (WWW: Academy of Saint Gabriel, 2001),

Withycombe, E.G., The Oxford Dictionary of English Christian Names, 3rd ed. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988).