Between 1250 and 1300, the variation in given names was much lower than during the early Middle Ages.
A survey of masculine names in the Low Lands before 1150 yielded roughly the same number of individuals as the present survey for 1250 - 1300 (see Names in the Low Lands before 1150). The number of unique given names, however, was about three times higher in the early Middle Ages. There was also a striking difference in the contribution of the top-10 to the total: between 1250 and 1300, about half the men had one of the 10 most popular names, while before 1150 this was only 12%. For feminine names, the overall numbers were lower, but the same trends were visible.
The pre-1150 study already revealed a decrease in variation of given names over the centuries, from 700 to 1150. The present study showed that this decrease continued after 1150.
This pattern was caused by a decrease in the number of different Germanic names. The variation in non-Germanic names increased, as compared with the earlier centuries, but not enough to compensate for the loss of Germanic names.
Unique given names in the early Middle Ages and in the 13th century.
G = Germanic, NG = non-Germanic, X = unknown or mixed origin.
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Given names women
Given names men
Occupational names and Nicknames
Most popular names
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