Yorkshire Given Names from 1379
The assessment roll of the 1379 Poll Tax for Howdenshire Hundred in
Yorkshire East Riding includes the forenames of approximately 1794
women and 1665 men. (In a few cases the sex of an unmarried person cannot be
determined.) I have arranged these names in descending order of
frequency after combining variants and diminutives. If a name occurs
in just one form, that form is followed by the number of times the
name occurs in the roll. If a name occurs in several forms (including
diminutives), the most common form appears as a headword. It is
followed by a fraction whose numerator gives the number of occurrences
of the headword form, and whose denominator gives the total number of
occurrences of the name in all forms. Thus, the entry Cecilia 57/80
means that the specific form Cecilia occurs 57 times, while its
variants and diminutives occur another 23 times for a total of 80
instances of the name. The variants and diminutives are listed with
their respective frequencies under the main forms. Numbers in square
brackets refer to the footnotes.
This is a Latin record, and therefore the names have quite
consistently been recorded in their Latin forms. And since they
follow the preposition de, they are all in the ablative case.
These facts have different consequences which are explained separately for
masculine and feminine names.
Parts of names enclosed in square brackets are editorial emendations in my
source; in my counting I have assumed that these editorial emendations are
correct. Starred names are diminutives.
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