french psalter 1220

illuminated letter V circa 1220 British Library

I have in my possession the Feet of Fines for Norfolk 1201-1215 and for Suffolk 1199-1214. It’s a list of cases brought before judges on the travelling circuit at this time and much of it is concerned with property law and small business that gives us the names of the local populace. East Anglia was once part of the Danelaw and there are strong Scandinavian influences at work in this region, as well as Anglo Saxon and Norman.

Here is a list of names by origin dating to 150 years after the Battle of Hastings. Names of Anglo Saxon and Scandinavian origins seem to be surviving in families at this point although from studying the data it becomes clear that many of the parents with Anglo Saxon and Scandinavian names are now giving their children Norman ones. So for example, Elfstan calls his son Richard, Gunnild calls her son Robert. Brictmar calls his son William. As the Middle Ages progresses, so does the increase in the popularity of certain names. By the early post medieval period, the names William and John accounted for 40% of all boys’ names in Parish registers.
Since I don’t have an Old English alphabet to hand on my keyboard, excuse the approximate spellings. The ‘F’ beside a name indicates a woman. Fewer women are involved in the lawsuits, and so there are corrrespondingly less names. Also some of the names go across the board – particularly biblical ones, and these are frequently given to men in holy orders. Whether these were their baptismal names, or taken on when they became clerics, I do not know.  But here, for readers’ interest, separated out in alphabetical order, are the names I came across while trawling this document.

 

A:

Ada F
Adam
Adelina F
Adelwold
Agatha F
Agnes F
Aelfled/Elflet F
Aileva F
Ailbrict
Ailletha F
Ailmer/Heilmar
Aillilda F
Ailric
Ailward
Akke
Alan
Albreda FAlviva/ Elviva F
Ailward
Ailwi
Aleisia F
Alexander
Alfred/Alured/Alvred
Algar
Alstan
Alvric
Amabel F
Amalric
Amicia F
Andrew
Anger
Angod
Angoth
Anselm
Ascelina F
Asketil
Avelina F
Avicia F
Aubrey
B:
Baldwin
Barney
Bartholomew
Brun
Baldwin
Barney
Bartholomew
Basilia F
Beatrice F
Benedict
Bernard
Berold
Bertram
Blanche F
Bondi
Botild F
Brichtwold
Brictmar
Brixi
Brun
C:
Cecelia F
Celestria F
Charles
Christina F
Clarice F
Copman
Costance F
Constantine
D:
Daniel
Drew
Dune
Durand
E:
Eda F
Ede
Edelina F
Ediva F
Edmer
Edmund/Eadmund
Edith/Edift F
Edric
Edulf
Edward
Edwen F
Edwin
Eilwin
Eirikr
Elias
Eldric
Elfer
Emma F
Emmelina F
Ermengard F
Ernald
Estrilda F
Eudo
Eustace
Everard
F:
Felicity F
Fulcred
Fulk F
G:
Gamaliel
Gauti
Geoffrey
Gerard
Gerbert
Gerold
Gervase
Gilbert
Gocelin
Goda F
Gode F
Godfrey
Goding
Godric
Godwin/Goldwin
Gunnildr F
Gunnor
Gunnora F
H:
Hakon
Hamo
Hagen
Halfdan
Hamundr
Hasteinn
Havard
Hawisa F
Hector
Helena F
Helewise F
Henry
Herbert
Hervey
Hubert
Hugh
Hulf
Humphrey
I: 
Ingvar
Isabel
Isolda
Ivo
J:
Joanna F
John
Jordan
Juetta F
Juliana F
K:
Katerina F
Kenestan
Kolsveinn
L:
Laurence
Lecenta F
Lecia F
Leffemer
Lefquen
Lefric/Levric
Lefsi
Lefstan
Lefwin
Lettice F
Levesun
Leviva F
Linald
Lucy F
Luke
Luviet
M:
Mabel F
Maingot
Mannesune
Margery F
Marie F
Mazelina F
Martin
Matilda F
Matthew
Maurice
Mazelina F
Miles
Muriel F
 N:
Nicholas
Norman
O:
Odo
Oger
Ordmer
Osbert
Osegod
Oslac
Osulf
P:
Pain
Patrick
Peter
Petronilla F
Philip
Philippa F
R:
Ralf
Reginald
Reiner
Richard
Robert
Rolland
Roger
S:
Sara
Sefugel
Seleve F
Selide F
Seman
Sigarr
Simon
Sired
Sirich
Skuli
Stanard
Steingrimr
Stephen
Styrgeirr
Svartingr
Swein
Sweteman
Sweting
T:
Tedric
Theda F
Thierri
Thomas
Thurgund
Thurmod
Thurstan
Torold
Turbern
Turchil
U:
Uchtred
Ulf
Ulfkell
Unwin
Ulfkell

V:

Vincent
W:
Wade
Waleran
Walter
Warrin
Wengeva F
William
Wictmar
Wimarc
Windlevi
Wilfrun
Wilfwan F
Winoht
Wlric/Wlvric/Wulfric
Wulfrid
Wulviva F
Y: 
Ywan
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