Names and Naming Patterns in England, 1538-1700
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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Alice Anne areas Aston Rowant baptism baptized in forty biblical names Birchington Bletchingdon boys baptized Burton Fleming Chester child children named Christian Names common names Cuttlestone decade E. A. Wrigley Edward Elizabeth England evidence example Exeter father female poor feminized names forenames forty parishes given gentry girls baptized godfather godparents Hearth Tax Horsham husbandmen incidence of name-sharing Joan John i John Ledbury male poor Margaret Margery Mean incidence Mean rankings name-grouping name-sharing practices names and naming names given names names naming children Naming Patterns naming practices non-scriptural saints Nottinghamshire Offlowe Old Testament Oxfordshire parent-child name-sharing parents Parish Register paternal kin peers period Pirehill practice of naming proportion of boys proportion of children proportion of girls rank-order correlation regions relative number Richard 4 Richard role scriptural saints Seisdon seventeenth century social groups social status Society Spelsbury surnames Susanna Table Thomas Thomasin traditional English names whilst William yeomen
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