Kate Monk's Onomastikon

(Dictionary of Names)

This is a collection of names from around the world which was initially intended to help provide character names for live role-players. It includes short historical backgrounds, male and female first names or personal names, and surnames or family names, from many countries and periods. The author is not an expert in onomastics or history so would like to apologise if any mistakes have been made. All names included are from genuine sources to the best of her knowledge, but this is not an academic study and should not be relied upon by re-enactment societies which require specific dates and instances of occurrence for the names they use.

New webmaster's note: This onomastikon was compiled by Kate Monk and hosted by Sal Robertson at gaminggeeks.org. Since as of early July 2005 that site is not available, I have retrieved the content from web.archive.org, amended the HTML slightly, and offer it here. I have otherwise left Sal's and Ms. Monk's work unaltered. It is not the intent of this site to interfere with the copyright or authorship of Ms. Monk's onomastikon in any way, or to claim that anyone other than Ms. Monk compiled the information presented herein. -- Roger

Introduction Background, aims and intentions
Sources Booklist and acknowledgements
Celtic Old Celtic, Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Brittany, Cornwall, Isle of Man
England-Saxon Dithematic and Monothematic Names, Bynames, Religion, Rulers
England-Medieval Medieval, Norman, Biblical, Celtic, Greek, Latin, Norse, Saxon, Rarities, Surnames, Early Modern, Puritans, Rulers
England-First Names Variant Spellings, Modern Coinages, Surname Adaptations, Themes, Foreign Borrowings, Saints' Days, African-Americans, Linknames, Literary Inventions
England-Surnames Bynames, Localities, Patronymics, Matronymics, Old English, Trades, Top 50
England-Colonies Countries and States, Mayflower, West Indies, Pitcairn Island
Europe-Medieval Byzantium, Goths, Huns, Franks, Song of Roland, Lombards, Germanic, Romany
Europe-Western Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Netherlands, Luxembourg, Belgium, France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Basque
Europe-Eastern Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Romania, Albania, Greece, Former Yugoslavia
Europe-Scandinavia Old Norse, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Iceland, Faroe Islands
Former Soviet Union Russia, Republics, Georgia, Ukraine, Belarus, Moldavia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kirghizstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Baltic States
Ancient World The East, Egypt, Greece, Rome
Africa Ancient, Northern, Eastern, Central, Western, Southern, Islands
America North American Indians/Native Americans
South American States, Inca, Maya, Aztec
India Hindu Names, Hindu Gods, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Sri Lanka, Maldives
Middle East Arab/Muslim - History, Rulers, Names, Male, Female
East - Iran, Turkey, Kurds, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan
Jewish/Israeli - Biblical, Yiddish, Modern, Various, Surnames
Orient China, Mongolia, Korea, Japan
Himalayas - Tibet, Bhutan, Nepal
Indochina - Thailand, Vietnam, Burma, Cambodia, Laos
South-East Asia - Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei, Philippines
Pacific Polynesia - Polynesian Names, Fiji, French Polynesia/Tahiti, Samoa, Tonga, Cook Islands, Maori, Hawai'i, Easter Island, Australia
Micronesia - Federated States of Micronesia, Guam/Northern Marianas, Marshall Islands, Kiribati, Nauru, Belau
Melanesia - Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Tuvalu, Papua New Guinea


As 'real' authors tend to put in a dedication I thought I'd better have one too -

This is for Red Lance!

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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