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Tudor Names Are Rich in History

Tudor Names Are Rich in History | Name News | Scoop.it

Tudor names include some fascinating lost gems, names rich in history but now all but forgotten. British naming expert Eleanor Nickerson highlights some of the most interesting names of the Tudor Era.

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Mystery Monday: Stenent

Mystery Monday: Stenent | Name News | Scoop.it
Every Monday we will post an entry that hasn't yet been published with a view towards harnessing the collective onomastic power of the internet. If you have any thoughts about the name's origin, other variants it might be related to, other examples of its use, etc., please share them in the comments! If you wish…
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Mystery Monday: Omelki

Mystery Monday: Omelki | Name News | Scoop.it
Every Monday we will post an entry that hasn't yet been published with a view towards harnessing the collective onomastic power of the internet. If you have any thoughts about the name's origin, other variants it might be related to, other examples of its use, etc., please share them in the comments! If you wish…
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The Battle for Claude

The year was 1546. A man named Chappuis wanted to name his son “Claude” after one of his relatives. Unfortunately for Chappuis, he lived in Calvin’s Geneva, where “Claude” happened to be the name of a local saint highly honored by Catholics.  This probably wasn’t a coincidence when Chappuis’s relative was named “Claude,” as the…
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Mystery Monday: Bye

Mystery Monday: Bye | Name News | Scoop.it
Every Monday we will post an entry that hasn't yet been published with a view towards harnessing the collective onomastic power of the internet. If you have any thoughts about the name's origin, other variants it might be related to, other examples of its use, etc., please share them in the comments! If you wish…
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Puritan-inspired Names for Catholic Babies

Puritan-inspired Names for Catholic Babies | Name News | Scoop.it
Expecting a Thanksgiving baby? Kate Towne shows you how to tap into the naming style of the early New England settlers.
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Mystery Monday: Komana/Komemka

Mystery Monday: Komana/Komemka | Name News | Scoop.it
Both names are masculine names found in 16th-century Finland, in Swedish-language records.
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Mystery Monday: Rody

Mystery Monday: Rody | Name News | Scoop.it
Here’s an unusual 16th C feminine name!

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Is it a form of Rhoda? If so, that makes me like the long-neglected Rhoda even more!

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Mystery Monday: Pregyon

Mystery Monday: Pregyon | Name News | Scoop.it
Today’s name is a masculine one that shows up in a Cornish parish in 1562, 1577, and 1593. (All marriage records, so it’s unlikely to be the same person, but the third could be the son of the first.)

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Mystery Monday: Jey(e)s

Mystery Monday: Jey(e)s | Name News | Scoop.it
Today’s name is a super exciting mystery, because we came across our first instance of it only a week or two ago, and since then we’ve found numerous other examples, all in the same immediate context. The name is Jeys or Jeyes, and it appears a number of times in the marriage and baptismal registers of Stratford-upon-Avon, in Warwickshire.

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Sir Walter Raleigh’s Sons: Damerei, Walter, Carew –

Sir Walter Raleigh’s Sons: Damerei, Walter, Carew – | Name News | Scoop.it
Sir Walter Raleigh, the English gentleman and New World explorer, didn’t have a whole bunch of kids — just three sons. But two of those three sons had rather unusual names: Damerei, bor…
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The most popular girls' names in Tudor England | American Name Society

The most popular girls' names in Tudor England | American Name Society | Name News | Scoop.it
What were the most popular names for girls in England during the 16th century? This was one of the questions examined by Scott Smith-Bannister in his book Names and Naming Patterns in England 1538-1700.

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Top Male Names in England, 1560-1621 –

Top Male Names in England, 1560-1621 – | Name News | Scoop.it
A while back, I stumbled upon a register of people associated with Oxford University in the late 1500s and early 1600s. The most interesting part? The author of the register included a chapter dedi…
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Mystery Monday: Lyssence

Mystery Monday: Lyssence | Name News | Scoop.it
Today’s name is one that we came across quite recently, in the 16th C registers of the parish of Bath.

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Mystery Monday: Stethyans

Mystery Monday: Stethyans | Name News | Scoop.it
Every Monday we will post an entry that hasn't yet been published with a view towards harnessing the collective onomastic power of the internet. If you have any thoughts about the name's origin, other variants it might be related to, other examples of its use, etc., please share them in the comments! If you wish…
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Mystery Monday: Nodia

Mystery Monday: Nodia | Name News | Scoop.it
Every Monday we will post an entry that hasn't yet been published with a view towards harnessing the collective onomastic power of the internet. If you have any thoughts about the name's origin, other variants it might be related to, other examples of its use, etc., please share them in the comments! If you wish…
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Mystery Monday: Josiere

Mystery Monday: Josiere | Name News | Scoop.it
The registers of the Walloon church in Canterbury in the second half of the sixteenth century are full of wonderful names
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Mystery Monday: Valdrus

Mystery Monday: Valdrus | Name News | Scoop.it
when we find a name which is (a) from Protestant contexts, (b) unusual/unidentifiable, and (c) not Biblical, we often find ourselves a bit at a loss!
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Mystery Monday: Quant

Mystery Monday: Quant | Name News | Scoop.it
Today’s name is a rather-modern sounding late 16th C Swedish name — or, at least, a name found in Sweden. Between 1591 and 1597, in a list of innkeepers from Stockholm, the same man shows up named Quant, Quante, and Qwant. While it’s reasonable to assume that most of Stockholm’s innkeepers were Swedish, there are other names in the list that show distinctly non-Swedish (generally more German) influences, so it’s entirely possible that Mr. Quant is not Swedish himself.

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Names of Twins: 16th C Warwickshire

One thing that's really fun about baptismal registers is seeing the incidence of twins being baptised, and what their names are. (A friend once did a study of a number of Welsh registers, and found that male twins were disproportionately baptised Thomas, which is an interesting comment on the transparency of the meaning to ordinary…
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Mystery Monday: Iesmonda/Jesmonda

Mystery Monday: Iesmonda/Jesmonda | Name News | Scoop.it
Today’s name is found in early 16th C Italy, in a taxation record for one “Faustina cortesana in casa di madona Iesmonda”:
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Mystery Monday: Advoye

Mystery Monday: Advoye | Name News | Scoop.it
Today’s name is a Middle French feminine name from the 16th C. It occurs once (in the data we’ve transcribed so far) in the baptismal registers of the Protestant church at Caen.

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