Names in the Low Lands 1250-1300

High-medieval given names and bynames in The Netherlands and Flanders

Given names - women

Given names of female inhabitants of the Low Lands, registered in charters and accounts between 1250 and 1300 AD. Germanic names have been sorted according to the first and second elements or 'roots'. Non-Germanic names are at the bottom of the list.
The column 'Name' gives the most common spelling. In the column 'Alternative spelling' are other spelling sin alphabetical order.
The columns 'OUD' through 'GRO' give the numbers of times each name was found in the seven locations studied. For more details about a given name, such as where it occurred, and with which byname, download the Excel sheet with raw data (550 Kb).

Germanic given names

root 1 root 2 name alternative spelling OUD GEN MEI DOR HOL RIN GRO Total
Adal   Alene Edela 1 1           2
Adal bern Aleberna       1         1
Adal gard Atghardis               1 1
Adal heid Aleydis Aelidis, Adelice, Adelisa, Adelise, Aleide, Aleidis, Aleit, Aleyd, Aleyden, Aleyt, Alisa, Alise, Alye (1) 11 10 11 1 4 5 4 46
Alb   Aue   1 2       6   9
Alb swind Auesoete Auasoeta, Auuezoete, Avesoeten, Avesoten 2 6   3       11
Alretiere   Alretieren         1       1
Amal   Amelgeir           1     1
Amal burg Amalburga             2   2
Angil bern Eingeliadis       1         1
Angil heid Emgelberna       1         1
Ase   Esa Auzilie 1         1   2
Bad   Baua Bata, Baue, Bazelis   1 1     5   7
Bad loga Badeloghen Badelogen   2     1     3
Bert   Berta Berte, Bette, Bre, Breghta   1 5     5   11
Bert lind Breghlent Brechtlent           2   2
Bert rada bertrade           1     1
Brun d* Brundonis               1 1
Duive   Douwen         2       2
Erken rad Erkenradis             1   1
Folc wive Volcwiif Volquiven, Volqui, Volwi 1     1       2
Folc wi* Folqui Volqui           2   2
Gel   Ghela Gele, Ghele           6   6
Ger   Gheesen         1       1
Ger burg Gerburgis             1   1
Ger trud Gertrudis Gertruid, Gheertrud, Ghertrude 2 4 3   1 11 1 22
Gil   Geile Gheile, Gheilenlen   3           3
Gisel   Gisele Gheionis, Gheyonis         2     2
God hild Ghodelde           1     1
God kin Ghoudekinen         1       1
God wer Godeweris               1 1
Hade   Hodine     1           1
Hade wich Hadewigis Hadewidis, Haduigis, Haedvien, Haedwien, Hawien     2 1     1 4
Heil   Heile Halene, Heille 2 5           7
Heil wich Heylewigis Helewigis, Helwigis, Heylwegis     5     1   6
Heil swind Heilsota   1             1
Her swind Hersewindis       1         1
Hild   Hille Hilla, Hylle     3         3
Hild burg Hildeburgis               1 1
Hild gard Hildegardis             5   5
Hild ward Hilduardis Hille     1         1
Id   Yda Yde     3 2       5
Irmin   Imma             2   2
Irmin gard Ermegardis Ermgaert, Ermergardis 2     1 1 1   5
Irmin kin Ymmekine         1       1
Irmin lin Emmelina   1             1
Irmin rud? Ermerut       1         1
Irmin swind Imsoete Jmzoete   2           2
Isan burg Itsburgis Iseburgis           4   4
Leon hild Lenildis             1   1
Liud burg Liudburgis               1 1
Liud gard Lutghardis Ligardis, Luitgharden 1   3   1     5
Liud hild Liedelde     1           1
Magin   Mette Mense, Metta, Meyen, Minneke     8 1 1 1   11
Magin hild Machtilden Machtelden, Magthildis, Mathildis, Matilde     2 3       5
Magin swind Meynseth Menseth           2   2
Magin wald Menoldis               1 1
Marc bilen Marcibilia   1             1
Nand   Nannen Nancke, Naneke       2   2   4
Od   Oda Ode, Ude     3         3
Od rad Oderada       1         1
Rad burg Rabburgis             1   1
Ragin hild Reynildis             2   2
Ragin mod Reymodis             1   1
Ragin swind Remsindis             1   1
Ragin wi* Reynwi             2   2
Ric wald Rycaldis   1             1
Ric mud Ricmoden         1       1
Sarwa   Sarre (2)     1           1
Sax hard Saxiardis             2   2
Sax w* Saswe             1   1
Sig bern Sipper (3)             1   1
Sig burg Siburgis Syborghe, Syburgis         1 2   3
Sig rad Segherarden Segherdins, Sydradis, Zegheraden       2   1   3
Sig w* Siwa               1 1
Sig wi* Sywi             1   1
Swan   Suaneka Swaneke             1 1
Swan hild Zuanelt     1           1
Swind   Soeten Soetin, Zoetiin (4) 1 1   1       3
Thaid   Tetta Duue, Teta           8 1 9
Thiad wive Diewiven Didwien, Diedewien, Diedvie, Diedwien, Diewien       1       1
Thiad wi* Thedwi             4   4
Trud   Truden         2       2
Vertha wi* Verthwi             2   2
Wal burg Walburgis       1         1
Wald rad Waldrada             1   1
Wald wich Woltwigis       1         1
Wendil mod Wendelmodis Weindelmode     2       1 3
Wive god Wijfgode Wijfg(h)oeden       1       1


Non-Germanic given names

root 1 root 2 name alternative spelling OUD GEN MEI DOR HOL RIN GRO Total
Agatha   Aghete Achate, Aghata, Aghate, Aghte   5   6       11
Agnes   Agnes Agneti, Necen, Nese, Nete 1 1 4     1 1 8
Beatrice   Beatrice Beatrijs, Beatrix, Trisen 4 1 1 2 2     10
Cecilia   Cecilia Cecilie     1         1
Christina   Kerstine Cristine, Kristina, Kristine 1 1     1   2 5
Clara   Clara       1         1
Clementia   Clementia Clemense, Clementie, Clemma 3   1   1     5
Elia   Helyana       1         1
Elisabeth   Lisebette Elisabeth, Elizabeth, Elyzabet, Laysen, Lisbette, Lisebetta, Lisen, Lysa, Lysebette, Lysen, Lizebette, Verlisbete, Verlisebette, Ysabella 2 22 9 5 3 1   42
Eufemia   Euffemia               1 1
Florens   Flore Florie         1 1   2
Gloria   Gloria   1             1
Jacomin   Jacomin     1           1
Judith   Jute Iutta, Juen   2 1         3
Katerina   Katerina Kateline, Katerine, Katrine, Verkateline 4 6 3   1 1   15
Lelien   Lelien     1           1
Lielde   Lielde       1         1
Mabelia   Mabelie Bela, Bele, Maba, Maben, Mabilia 4 4 2   1 1   12
Margareta   Margareta Grieta, Griete, Grite, Margareta, Margarite, Margreta, Margriete, Magrite, Meregriete, Mergriete, Vermagriete, Vermergriete 20 18 4 1 2 12 1 58
Maria   Marie Mariin, Merin 3 4 2         9
Marisseis   Marisseis     1           1
Natelien   Natelien     1           1
Petronella   Nellen Pernele 1   1 1       3
Pieter   Pietersen (5) Perien 1     1       2
Priscilla   Scilla             1   1
Salome   Salome       1         1
Sara   Sara   1             1
Sibylla   Sybillia Sybillie 2             2
Sophia   Sophia Sophyen 1   1 1   3 2 8
Virgilia   Uergina Verghina 2             2
Vivien   Vivien     1           1


Given names of unknown origin

root 1 root 2 name alternative spelling OUD GEN MEI DOR HOL RIN GRO Total
Cofte   Cofte           1     1
Moerseil   Moerseil           1     1
Nimme   Nimme           1     1
Trame   Trame     1           1
Vreile   Vreile     1           1


Totals

  OUD GEN MEI DOR HOL RIN GRO Total
Germanic given names 29 42 60 29 15 96 16 287
Non-Germanic given names 51 69 34 17 12 21 7 211
Given names of unknown origin 0 2 0 0 3 0 0 5
                 
Total 80 113 94 46 30 117 23 503


Notes

(1) The Flemish variant Adelisa could also be a combination of Adal and Lies (from Elisabeth) (Van der Schaar, 1992). In the present survey, it has been considered a variant of Adal-heid.

(2) Sarre could also be a variant of the biblical name Sarah.

(3) Sipper most probably is derived from a Germanic name with prototheme Sig, a rather popular element in North Holland. Other possiblities are the Hebrew Zippora, but that name did not appear in The Netherlands until the 19th century (Schoonheim, 2000), and the Germanic Sibbe, but I never found this element in Dutch names.

(4) Soete was found once as a feminine name (in Dordrecht: "Soeten ver Trisen dochter"), and several times as a masculine byname (in Dordrecht: "Wouter Soeten", and in Oudenaarde: "Walterus dictus Soete filius domine Katerine", "Arnoud Soete Ywein ziin sone", "Wouter Soete Hoernekin").

(5) Pieterse looks masculine, but is really a woman's name ("Martijn voer Pietersen sone"; see also Schoonheim, 2001).



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