Personal Names and Naming Practices in Medieval Scotland [Hardback]

Matthew Hammond(Editor)

ISBN: 9781783274284 | Published by: Boydell Press | Series: Studies in Celtic History | Volume: Volume 39 | Year of Publication: 2019 | 310p, H9.25 x W6.25,
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Personal Names and Naming Practices in Medieval Scotland


Personal names can provide a rich and often overlooked window into medieval society, and Scotland's diversity of languages over the course of the Middle Ages makes it an ideal case study. This book offers a range of new methodological approaches to anthroponymy, covering Gaelic, Scandinavian and other Germanic names, as well as names drawn from the Bible, the saints, and secular literature. Individual case studies include a comparison of naming in early medieval Scottish and Irish chronicles; an authoritative taxonomy of Gaelic names drawn from twelfth and thirteenth-century charters; a revolutionary new analysis of the emergence of surnames in Ireland, with implications for Scottish history; a complete linguistic discussion of the masculine Germanic names in the 1296 Ragman Roll; a detailed local case study of saints. names in Argyll which bears on place-names as well; and an examination of the adoption of Hebrew Old Testament names in central medieval Scotland.

Dr MATTHEW HAMMOND is a Research Associate at Kings College London.

Contributors: Rachel Butter, Thomas Owen Clancy, John Reuben Davies, Valeria Di Clemente, Nicholas Evans, Matthew Hammond, Roibeard O Maolalaigh, David Sellar, Tom Turpie.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Study of Personal Names in Medieval Scotland - Matthew Hammond
Personal Names in Early Medieval Gaelic Chronicles - Nicholas Evans
Gaelic Personal Names and Name Elements in Scottish Charters, 1093-1286 - Roibeard Maolalaigh
The Development of
Mac Surnames in the Gaelic World - Matthew Hammond
Forflissa/ Forbflaith/ Hvarflö - David Sellar
Masculine Given Names of German Origin in the Ragman Roll - Valeria Di Clemente
The Romance of Names: Literary Personal Names in Twelfth- and Thirteenth-Century Scotland - Thomas O Clancy
Old Testament Personal Names in Scotland before the Wars of Independence - John Reuben Davies
Duthac Wigmore and Mungo Ninian Wallace: Scottish Saints and Personal Names in the Later Middle Ages - Tom Turpie
Saints in Names in Late Medieval Argyll: A Preliminary Enquiry - Rachel Butter

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