Female first names in the
annual accounts of Deventer 1337-1393

 

The accounts were written in Latin until 1360, after that in Middle (Medieval) Dutch. In the left column you can find the Latin variant and to the right the Middle Dutch equivalent.

The most common female first names, put in an order from number of times encountered Aleydis being the most encountered and Griet the least (of the common names!).


Latin
Middle Dutch
Latin
Middle Dutch
Aleydis
Aleyd, Aelt
Berta
Berte

Fenne

 

Ghesa
Gese, Ghesiken, Geske
Hildegunt
Hillegonda, Hille
Griet(e)
Grete
 
The other female first names, encountered much less than the common ones, in alphabetical order.


Latin
Middle Dutch
Latin
Middle Dutch
Agnies
Niese, Nese
Jutta
Jatte
Alfyt
Alphide 3e nv.
Katherine
Anna
Anne
Cristina
Styne, Styneken
Armeghard
Kunne
Arnekina
Lamme
Bata
Bate
Lubberich
Lubburgh
Beatrix
Lummodis
Begina
Lute
Bela
Bele
Lutgard
Diedele
Mechthilde
Mechteld, Mette
Dymburgis
Menburgis
Elisabet
Lysabeth, Lyse, Lise, Lysiken, Elsebea
Mildradis
Elle
Elliken
Mille
Enghelradis
Engele
Mineta
Essele
Minte
Evese
Nanne
Nenne, Nenneken, Nennekina
Fenne
Onna
Fye
Petronelle
Peternelle, Nelle
Foyse
Rykelant
Ghebbe
Ghebbeken
Sanne
Gheertrude
Trude
Zoete
Zote
Ghela
Swanelde
Zwaniken, Zwene, Sweniken, Zwenne, Zwenniken
Ghette
Terresia
Teersiken
Ghiele
Thengele
Ghode
Wendelmoet
Gostouwe
Wenna
Hasse
Haze, Hassiken
Wibba
Webel
Heylwich
Heyle, Heyliken
Wychmodis
Helenborch
Wyssa
Wyse
Yda

 

Literature:

Draaijer, W. (1917), Persoonsnamen voorkomende in de Cameraarsrekeningen van Deventer van 1337-1393. In: Maatschappij der Nederlandsche Letterkunde te Leiden, Tijdschrift voor Nederlandsche Taal- Letterkunde, uitgegeven vanwege de Maatschappij der Nederlandsche Letterkunde te Leiden, zes en dertigste deel, nieuwe reeks acht en twintigste deel, pp. 177-197. Leiden: Brill.

Because women weren't allowed to become member of the merchants guild in Deventer this source could not be used to research female first names in 14th century Deventer.

 

The following links supply good comparison material from the same period but from the county of Holland. The author has made use here of 'De rekeningen van de grafelijkheid van Holland uit de Beierse periode':

'Dutch Names 1358-61' door Sara L. Friedemann
and
'Dutch Names 1393-96' door Sara L. Friedemann

these pages are on the
Medieval Names Archive website

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