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Re: Germanic naming practices

Poster: Robert J Welenc <rjwelenc@erols.com>

At 05:59 PM 10/14/98 -0400, Bob & Diana Cosby wrote:
>Poster: Bob & Diana Cosby <cosby@erols.com>
>jessica mikell wrote: I'm looking for sources/information on naming
>practices for men in the Germanic lands (1200 - 1400) and having
>success. (small town, smaller library)  I've got the first names but
>had no luck with the last names.  Any help would be appreciated.
>Beatrice and anyone looking for an incredible name source:
>An Onomastikon - (Dictionary of Names)
>Ha det sa bra,
>Diana Cosby
This is a fine site if you are looking for a role-playing gaming
name-- or a fictional name for a fantasy character.  It is NOT
suitable for SCA names or historically accurate fiction.  Nothing is
documented, nothing is dated, and a great many names are OOP.  Many
of her sources are Baby Name Books, and others have been specifically
cited by Laurel as not suitable.

The section on German Surnames is *probably* all right *as a starting
point* as two of her sources, Brechenmacher and Bahlow, are also
standard SCA sources, but any name from this list should be checked
against SCA sources.  Pick something that sounds reasonable and query
SCAHRLDS at scahrlds@listserv.aol.com.  Put your email address in the
body of the message and ask to be CCd, or else you won't see any

Far better online sources for SCA names-- 

The Academy of Saint Gabriel Library

Arval Benicouer's Medieval Naming Guides

Laurel's Education Page

Lady Alanna Volchevo Lesa
Partan Herald, Barony of Lochmere
Laurel Minion
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