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Re-evaluating English personal naming on the eve of the Conquest: Re-evaluating English personal naming

Chetwood, James

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Abstract

Between 850 and 1150, the names of the people of England underwent a fundamental transformation. The old Germanic system of dithematic naming was replaced by a system of indivisible names in which a diminishing number of names became shared by an increasing number of people. This is often seen as one of the many consequences of the Norman Conquest, and is assumed to have gone hand in hand with a switch to continental names. Analysing three corpora of names from pre‐Conquest England, this article offers a re‐evaluation of the transformation in medieval English personal naming.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date 2018-11
Journal Early Medieval Europe
Print ISSN 0963-9462
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 26
Issue 4
Pages 518-547
APA6 Citation Chetwood, J. (2018). Re-evaluating English personal naming on the eve of the Conquest: Re-evaluating English personal naming. Early Medieval Europe, 26(4), 518-547. https://doi.org/10.1111/emed.12298
DOI https://doi.org/10.1111/emed.12298
Publisher URL https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/emed.12298

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