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These names are fairly easy to identify as to gender, even when none is clearly mentioned in the text itself, due to the amount of comparative material available, and the association of particular name elemnents or grammatical endings with a specific gender. For this reason, I have only mentioned the evidence for gender when the form of the name makes it questionable. The names fall into two general classes: those composed on a "dithematic" pattern, and "uncompounded" names. The first type is composed by a "one from column A, one from column B" formula from a set of possible first elements (protothemes) and possible second elements (deuterothemes). The deuterothemes are normally specific to a particular gender. The uncompounded names are usually based on a prototheme (often with the last consonant doubled), with some sort of vowel suffixed. The type of vowel usually identifies the gender of the name fairly clearly.
The names are listed under a standardized form, after which I give the actually spellings that occur in the documents (with codes for the language of the entry and for what role the bearer had) and the entry numbers in which that spelling occured. Keep in mind that, particularly in the case of the witnesses, the same person may be occur multiple times. For this reason, I haven't done an analysis of the relative frequency of the names. For reference I have noted the page in Searle where the name can be found.
|Ælfgar (Searle p.7ff) m.|
|Ælger (E 281 witness)|
|Ælfnoþ (Searle p.14f) m.|
|Ælfnoð (L 389 witness)|
|Ælfric (Searle p.16ff) m.|
|Ælfric (E 232 owner)|
|Ælfsige (Searle p.19f) m.|
| Æilsige (E 193 witness)
Æilsig (E 189, 202 owner, witness)
Ælfsie (L 38, 49, 248, 386 owner, witness)
|Ælfweald (Searle p.24f) m.|
|Ælwold (E 279 owner)|
|Ælfweard (Searle p.25f) m.|
| Ælfwerd (L 140 witness)
Elwerdus (L 221 witness)
|Ælfwine (Searle p.27ff) m.|
|Ælfwines (genitive) (E 232, 235 owner, witness)|
|Æþelbeorht (Searle p.34f) m.|
| Aþalberþ (L 112 witness)
Adaberd (L 128 witness)
|Æþelgeard (Searle p.38) m.|
| The various transcribers have different levels of confidence as to the
|Æþelræd (Searle p.46ff) m.|
|Æþelræd (L 101 owner)|
|Æþelstan (Searle p.51ff) m.|
|Æþælstan (L 136 witness) -- two of the transcribers have omitted the "l".|
|Æþelweard (Searle p.56ff) m.|
| Æþelwærd (L 148 owner) -- Thorpe reads the "e"
Æþelwerd (L 102 witness)
|Æþelwine (Searle p.58ff) m.|
|Æþælwine (L 141 witness)|
|Adalgisus? (Morlet vol. I p.16) m.|
| I cannot identify this name as Old English, however some of the continental
forms of Adalgisus are similar in appearance (e.g. Adalcis).
|Beorhthelm (Searle p.89f) m.|
|Byrchtylym (L 271 slave)|
|Beorhtlaf (Searle p.91) m.|
|Beorlaf (E 206 witness)|
|Beorhtsige (Searle p.94f) m.|
| Byrehtsige (L 166 witness)
Byrhisiys [genitive] (E 55 witness)
Byrhsiys [genitive] (E 371 witness)
Byrhsie (L, E 18, 52, 76, 90, 322 owner, witness)
Byrhsige (L, E 32, 362 witness)
Byrhtsie (L 42, 253, 390 witness)
Bryhsige (L 147 witness)
|Beorhtstan (Searle p.95) m.|
|Byhstan (E 53 slave)|
|Beorhtweald (Searle p.95ff) m.|
|Buruhwold (L 149 witness)|
|Boia (Searle p.110) m.|
|Boia (E, L 131, 145, 212, 234, 265 witness)|
|Brun (Searle p.117) m.|
|Brun (L 125 owner)|
|Budda (Searle p.119) m.|
|Budda (L 5, 113, 130 witness)|
|Coenhelm (Searle p.139) m.|
| Kynilm (E 205 witness)
Kinilm (E 245 witness)
|Cynsige (Searle p.157) m.|
|Cynsie (E 60 witness)|
|Derling? (Searle p.165) m.|
|Dirling (E 207 witness)|
|Dolo (Searle p.168) m?|
| Searle lists Dola and the vowel alternation is found in other
|Dunstan (Searle p.173) m.|
|Dunstan (L 138 witness)|
|Eadgar (Searle p.178) m.|
|Eadgar (L 162 owner)|
|Eadmund (Searle p.183f) m.|
| Eadmund (L 68 owner)
Eadmunt (L 63 owner)
|Eadred (Searle p.185f) m.|
|Eadryde (E 171 owner)|
|Eadric (Searle p.186ff) m.|
|Edricus (L 219 witness) -- Two transcriptions have Eadricus.|
|Eadsige (Searle p.188) m.|
|Eadsige (L 143 witness)|
|Ealdred (Searle p.198ff) m.|
|Ealdred (L 142 witness)|
|Ealhhun? (Searle p.204) m?|
| Searle has a citation of Alchun under this heading. I can find
nothing more similar.
|Ealhwine (Searle p.207) m.|
| At a later date, these forms might represent an original Ælfwine
or Æþelwine, but at this period it seems unlikely.
|Goda (Searle p.260) m.|
|Goda (L 139 witness)|
|Godric (Searle p.263) m.|
| Godric (E 239, 246, 282 witness)
Godricus (L 217 witness)
Gedricus (L 213 witness)
|Huna (Searle p.305) m.|
|Húna (L 1 slave)|
|Irmen (Searle p.320) m.|
| Searle has examples of this as a prototheme, but not as an uncompounded
name. In the book of Llandav, there is a reference to Ermint & Catharuc
filios Cremic, but the cultural context of these three names in not
|Leof (Searle p.326) m|
| Searle does list this, but has even more examples of Leofa. It
may also be a short form of the following, given that they share the same
occupational byname and are both witnesses.
|Leofric (Searle p.330f) m.|
|Leofric (L 4, 126 witness)|
|Leofstan (Searle p.332) m.|
|Leofstan (L 17 slave)|
|Lucco (Searle p.340) m.|
| What Searle lists is Luca, but this would be a regular masculine
formation from the same stem.
|Maccos (Searle p.344) m.|
| What Searle lists are Macco, Macca, Maccus, and
Macus. It seems most likely that the name here is related to, if
not a variant of, one of these.
|Ordgar (Searle p.367f) m.|
|Ordgar (L 95 owner)|
|Ordulf (Searle p.369f) m.|
|Ordulf (L 48, 125 owner)|
|Osfrith (Searle p.373) m.|
| Searle's citations include the spellings Osferth, Offerdus.
|Osulf (Searle p.380f) m.|
|Osulf (L 103 witness)|
|Othgaer (Searle p.382) m.|
| One of Searle's citations is for Odgerus.
|Sæwine (Searle p.408) m.|
|Sewinus (L 214 witness)|
|Sæwulf (Searle p.408) m.|
|Sewulf (E 238 witness)|
|Sihtric (Searle p.425) m.|
| Originally a Norse name, Sigtrygr.
|Thiothard? (Morlet vol. I p.68) m.|
| Variants listed in Morlet include Tetardus, Tiddardus,
Thiathart. Searle p.444 lists a Theodardus but the individual
is from the continent.
|Ulfræd (Searle p.514f) m.|
|Ullfrit (L 81 owner) -- Kemble transcribes it as Ullfric, which would be a possible, but different, name.|
|Unweald? (Searle p.469) m?|
| Searle lists a number of names with the prototheme "Un-", but
not this particular combination. Perhaps instead Hunweald (Searle
|Wallath? (Searle p.477) m?|
| Searle lists Wallath, but it doesn't actually look like an Old
|Waso (Searle p.478) m.|
| The appearance of uncompounded names in doublets with and without doubling
of the second consonant is common.
|Wine (Searle p.499f) m.|
|Wine (L 137 witness)|
|Wulfgar (Searle p.507f) m.|
| Wulfger (E 198, 247 witness)
Wulgarus (L 216 witness)
|Wulfsige (Searle p.517f) m.|
| Wulfsie (L 71, 85, 293 owner, witness)
Wulfsige (L, E 30, 96, 146, 152, 163, 311, 353, 370 owner, witness)
Wulsige (L 22 owner)
Wunsie (E 58, 375 witness, owner) -- Förster transcribes one of these as Wulfsie.
Uulfsie (L 15 owner)
|Wulfstan? (Searle p.518f) m.|
|Wunstan (? 178 ?)|
|Wulfweard (Searle p.520f) m.|
| Wulwerdus (L 224 witness)
Wulfwerd (E 242 witness)
|Þurcild (Searle p.447 as Thurcytel) m.|
| A Norse name in origin.
|Ælfgyþ (Searle p.10) f.|
|Ælfgyþ (L 133 slave)|
|Æþelburgh (Searle p.35f) f.|
|Addalburg (L 25 slave)|
|Æþelflæd (Searle p.36f) f.|
|Æþælflæd (L 134 owner)|
|Æþelhild (Searle p.41f) f.|
|Æþelhide [genitive] (E 54 witness)|
|Adalgundis? (Morlet vol. I p.16) f.|
| Again, this does not appear to be an Old English name, but does have
continental parallels. The text clearly identifies the bearer as female.
|Beorhtflæd (Searle p.88) f.|
|Byrhtflæd (L 3 owner)|
|Beorhtgifu (Searle p.88) f.|
|Byrhtgyuo (L 393 owner)|
|Godgifu (Searle p.261) f.|
|Codgivo (L 210 slave)|
|Leodhild (Searle p.326) f.|
|Leðelt (E 188 slave)|
| Unclear. It occurs in a patronym. Perhaps the byname blund (blonde)?
| Possibly a continental name, but Morlet has nothing obviously similar.
The gender is not specified in the context.
|Hwátú (Searle p.309) ?|
| What Searle lists are a number of dithematic names with this as a prototheme.
According to Searle's examples, uncompounded names ending in "-u"
are more often feminine than masculine, but either is possible.
|Wunning (Searle p.522) ?|
| What Searle lists are several examples of "Wun-" as a prototheme.
This specific name is not listed. Possibly a diminutive? The "-ing"
ending is often used to create collective "family" names, but
this is clearly the name of an individual.
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