Kate Monk's Onomastikon

(Dictionary of Names)


The sources that Geoffrey Chaucer used for his work were many and varied. They included many classical authors, translations of more contemporary Italian writers, Biblical stories and daily life. Thus the names used reflect all these. Few of the following would have been in common use in Chaucer's England.

Chaucerian Names


Absolon Arcite Arrius
Arvergus Chanticleer Damian
Ganelon Laturnius Lynian
Madrian Melibee Palamon
Panaro Ronyan Topaz


Canace Donegild Dorigen
Eglantine Emily Griselda
Hermengild Livia Lucilia
Mabel May Pertelote
Sophia Virginia  

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This collection of names compiled by Kate Monk. Copyright January 1997, Kate Monk. Last updated June, 98. Copies may be made for personal use only.