Before Norman systems were imposed, it was usual for people to have one given name followed by a byname, usually a patronym. It was also fairly common for people to be known by a name which identified them according to their appearance, character or occupation. Sometimes these names have a different initial letter from the word from which they are derived. This is due either to mutation (v to f, p to b) or to mistakes in transcriptions by scribes more familiar with Latin or English. Men usually used the mutated form and women always did. A woman might have a byname taken from her husband's given name or keep her own patronymic.
This collection of names was compiled by Kate Monk and is ©1997, Kate Monk.
Copies may be made for personal use only.
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