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#1 July 20, 2016 12:31pm

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Medieval names from 500s to 1600s

Looking for a unique name with some historical cachet? The Dictionary of Medieval Names from European Sources is the place to go. It is a hefty work of scholarship that “aims to contain all given (fore, Christian) names recorded in European sources written between 500 and 1600, less the names of historical/non-contemporary people and names occurring only in fictional literature or poetry.”

The dictionary so far has over 1000 names, documented with citations and etymologies. They are constantly adding to the collection, planned in two phases, first looking at Western Europe and Hungary and then Eastern Europe. They also maintain an active blog with interesting facts about medieval naming practices and a “Mystery Monday” feature, covering documented names that have uncertain etymologies.

Here are 23 medieval names as examples

1. OSGYTH

This name of a 7th century Northumbrian saint comes from the Old English for “war god.”

2. CHERUBINA

This variant on the word cherub showed up as a name in Rome in 1527.

3. AYLWARD

There were spelling variations on this one, including Eilwardus, Aloardus, and Æðeluuard, but this one probably works best for the Kindergartener learning to write.

4. HAINFROY

Related to the Old German words for "enclosure of peace," this one showed up in France in 1388.

5. BRIHTSTAN

From the Old English for "bright stone," this one can be pronounced sort of like Brixton (which has a different etymology).

6. DEWNES

The origin of this name is obscure, but it was also sometimes spelled Dunes.

7. ZOETE

An adorable choice, from the Middle Dutch word for "sweet."

8. EVERBERN

For your dangerously cuddly cub, ever goes back to the Old High German for "boar," and bern goes back to the word for "bear."

9. FROST

It’s a solid English word, why not also a name? Someone had the same thought in 1420.

10. YSORIA

The etymology is uncertain, “but perhaps related to Latin Isaura, an ethic byname derived from the region of Isauria in Asia Minor.”

11. HILPWIN

Goes back to a Germanic term for "help friend."

12. GALICIUS

This delicious choice is from the Latin name for the Celtic tribe who lived in Galicia in Spain.

13. IDONY

Name your daughter for Iðunn, the Old Icelandic name of a goddess associated with apples and youth.

14. ROENWALLON

Found in France in the 9th century, this is a combination of the Old Breton words for "royal" (roen) and "valorous" (uuallon).

15. JOCERAN

It sounds cute, but it can also be traced back to something like "goth raven."

16. MAGNER

Feel like Magnus is too common? Go for Magner, which can be traced back to the Old High German for "mighty army."

17. ALLEAUME

This name of a 10th century French saint means "noble helmet."

18. WILLULF

Also good is the 9th century Latin version of this name: Willulphus.

19. LANDWIN

This name going back to "land friend" was popular in early medieval France.

20. QUENIVA

Formed from the Old English cwen and gifu, Queniva is a "Queen gift." It's also spelled Kueneva or Kweneve.

21. RUSTIC

Take little Rustic to the farmer’s market with you, just like they did in the 12th century.

22. SNORRI

Snorri may sound like a sleepy choice, but it’s actually from an Icelandic word for "smart, sharp-witted person."

23. UNICA

There is no one like your baby, says this name, from the Latin for "unique, sole, singular." It was recorded as a name in England in 1552.

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#2 July 20, 2016 5:54pm

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Re: Medieval names from 500s to 1600s

How many names do you need?
Do you want a name to embody a mission/purpose (within CT)?

- Medieval Names (stormthecastle)
- Medieval English Names (infernaldreams)
- Medieval Names of Norman/Germanic Origin

A few are jumping up at me:

Blayves: ambitious and aggressive by nature (once used in a FF game as a NPC too).

Fouques a surname still used to this day

Maol Dúin: Old Irish máel 'bald, tonsured' + Old Irish dún 'fortress, stronghold'.

Rascende: Old Saxon rād, Old High German rāt 'counsel, advice' + Old Saxon swīth, Gothic swinþs from Proto-Germanic *swinþaz 'strong'.

Salvodeus: Latin salvus 'safe, saved' + Latin deus 'God'

Zbygniew: 'to dispeal, to get rid of'

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#3 July 20, 2016 9:41pm

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Re: Medieval names from 500s to 1600s

Just something to keep in mind for the near future ...

Some factions of the planet are arab-lite, so will have to dig up those names also

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#4 July 22, 2016 12:21pm

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Re: Medieval names from 500s to 1600s

Maol Dúin

Now that's a cool name.  My new scene name perhaps! wink

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