Names and Naming Patterns in England, 1538-1700
Clarendon Press, 1997 - 223 sider
This book contains the results of the first large-scale quantitative investigation of naming practices in early modern England. Scott Smith-Bannister traces the history of the fundamentally significant human act of naming one's children during a period of great economic, social, and religiousupheaval. Using in part the huge pool of names accumulated by the Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social Structures, he sets out to show which names were most commonly used, how children came to be given these names, why they were named after godparents, parents, siblings, orsaints, and how social status affected naming patterns.The chief historical significance of this research lies in the discovery of a substantial shift in naming practices in this period: away from medieval patterns of naming a child after a godparent and towards naming them after a parent. In establishing the chronology of how parents came to exercisegreater choice in naming their children and over the nature of naming practices, it successfully supersedes previous scholarship on this subject. Resolutely statistical and rich in anecdote, Dr Smith-Bannister's exploration of this deeply revealing subject will have far-reaching implications for thehistory of the English family and culture.
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List of Figures
Names Naming Patterns and Godparents
Naming and the Family
A Comparative Study
Personal Names and the English Poor 15701700
Names Naming Patterns and the Peerage
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addition Anne areas baptism baptized in forty biblical names chapter child choice Christian Names common names compared correlation decade decline Edward Elizabeth England evidence examination example Exeter father figures five forty parishes given further gentry George giving godfather godparents greater Henry Horsham importance incidence increase indicate instances Joan John less majority male Margaret marked Mary Mean name-grouping name-sharing name-sharing practices names given naming practices natural non-scriptural saints North Note occurred Oxford parents Parish Register particular pattern peers percentage period poor popularity possible Proportion of boys proportion of children Proportion of girls proved rank Record regions relative Richard rise Robert role saints seventeenth century sharing shift significant similar social social groups Society sources South standard suggest Table Testament names Thomas traditional English names whilst women
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