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Most Popular Elizabethan Names: A study of 23 Norfolk parishes - British Baby Names

Most Popular Elizabethan Names: A study of 23 Norfolk parishes - British Baby Names | Name News | Scoop.it
What was the most popular Elizabethan name? A simple question, but one that's almost impossible to answer. Records from that period are scarce, difficult to decipher and were little regulated.
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Well done that woman!  This post heads to Norfolk on the east coast of England.

 

It's hard to overstate how interesting this piece of research is.  For example, it's good that the number of times each names occurs is included, as the really give a sense of the relative popularity of each name, and show the "big four" male names going strong.

 

I ought to say more, but it's bedtime for me.  Do click through and have a read.

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Terrifically Tudor - British Baby Names

Terrifically Tudor - British Baby Names | Name News | Scoop.it
image by Jeff Cottenden Oh, the Tudors. The ruling dynasty (generally counted from 1485 and 1603) that brought us the Reformation, Shakespeare, swashbuckling pirates-turned-explorers and the first of our queens to rule in their own right (Huzzah!
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O Tudor period, thou union of medieval and modern, thou golden age of names, from whose bosom did spring Clemence, Avis, Kynborow, Humphrey, Bennet, and, i'faith, more.

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Tudor Baby Names: Avis, Avery and Griffin – Baby Name Blog - Nameberry

Tudor Baby Names: Avis, Avery and Griffin – Baby Name Blog - Nameberry | Name News | Scoop.it
British naming expert Eleanor Nickerson travels back in history to the Tudor Period to unearth some interesting names today, from those still in use (Avery, Griffin), to others likely to remain as dusty relics (Frideswide).
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I'd love to see any of these names in more use, but particularly Avis, which was a favourite when I was about ten and still holds a special place in my affection.

 

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