Dictionary of Medieval Names from European Sources

DMNES (Dictionary of Medieval Names from European Sources) is a new reference work currently under development.  This is its aim:

The dictionary aims to contain all given (fore, Christian) names recorded in European sources written between 600 and 1600, minus the names of historical/non-contemporary people, and names occurring only in fictional literature or poetry. Development of the dictionary is planned in two phases:

  • First phase: Sources from Great Britain, Iceland, Scandinavia, Iberia, Italy, France, Germany, Hungary
  • Second phase: Sources from Eastern Europe (Romania, Greece, Poland, Russia, Ukraine, the Baltic states, etc.)

The first phase was supposed to have been published this past January, but as is typical in academic publishing it is delayed--and when it does appear it will no doubt be eye-poppingly expensive.  However, to date almost 1000 entries have been completed, and for our purposes the website gives a list of the names--masculine and feminine--for which entries have been completed.  Clicking on the "list of entries" at the top of the page will get all the names ready so far, but of course not the citations and other explanatory info.  Lturtle just asked for medieval European names, so this would be a great place for ideas.

I am going to post this without the url so it goes through (I hope).  Y'all can google Dictionary of Medieval Names from European Sources.  And then I am going to post the url in a reply to this and see what happens.



March 1, 2015 1:04 PM

Thanks Miriam! I'm excited to check this out.

March 1, 2015 4:03 PM

I am seeing your URL-containing reply... are you?

March 1, 2015 4:21 PM


March 1, 2015 4:49 PM

Miriam, are you seeing it now? I just switched its status from "unpublished" to "published".

March 1, 2015 4:56 PM


March 1, 2015 5:16 PM

Hmm, I don't know how to tell whether a post needs to be published by a mod--I will email and see if I can find out. To me, these posts just look like regular posts until I go several screens into administrative editing. Hopefully we can get the kinks worked out soon--it's great to have so much less spam, but not at the expense of people being able to post real posts.

March 3, 2015 3:04 AM

Thanks for figuring that out, nedibes! 

March 17, 2015 4:43 AM

This is WONDERFUL - There are some missing names, but no doubt they will get to them.

Some interesting discoveries (some bad, some good):


Dusca, Esperance, Hyssop, Idony, Lovewell, Paxe, Sapience, Viridis (I LOVE  THIS), Zoete, 


Bonvalet, Dalibor, Everwin, Falco, Ponce (!! that's a good one to be left in the annals), Sixt, Venture, Zwentibold(!!)

March 18, 2015 2:21 PM

Oh, hey, that's Aryanhwy!

But the list doesn't currently include Martha, so I'm peeved.

April 27, 2015 6:50 PM

The first edition of the Dictionary has now been published, you can find it at http://dmnes.org/