Personal Names and Naming Practices in Medieval and Early Modern Scotland

September 2019
302 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
Studies in Celtic History
ISBN: 9781783274284
Format: Hardback
Boydell Press

Personal Names and Naming Practices in Medieval and Early Modern Scotland

Edited by Matthew Hammond

not yet published

"A landmark of scholarship on medieval Scotland". Professor Dauvit Broun, University of Glasgow.

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.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: The Study of Personal Names in Medieval Scotland
Personal Names in Early Medieval Gaelic Chronicles
Gaelic Personal Names and Name Elements in Scottish Charters, 1093-1286
The Development of Mac Surnames in the Gaelic World
Forflissa/ Forbflaith/ Hvarflöð
Masculine Given Names of German Origin in the Ragman Roll
The Romance of Names: Literary Personal Names in Twelfth- and Thirteenth-Century Scotland
Old Testament Personal Names in Scotland before the Wars of Independence
Duthac Wigmore and Mungo Ninian Wallace: Scottish Saints and Personal Names in the Later Middle Ages
Saints in Names in Late Medieval Argyll: A Preliminary Enquiry

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