Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Marriages in Berkshire 1538- 1700

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A few posts back I mentioned that it was difficult to find interesting female names in eighteenth century sources. Well, ignore that. All the names below are of real women who married between 1538 and 1700. The names were taken from the Berkshire Parish Registers. 

Annis 
Jone
Fresewith
Sibbill
Crytian
Guy
Tomeson
Andrie
Phillippe
Frissis
Lewes
Elnor
Catteryne
Parnell
Alce
Eddye
Cislie
Ollyfe
Embrie
Alles
Eame
Crispian
Marlin
Freeze
Philadelphia
Miriall
Bennet
Zacharia
Aume
Patience
Damaris
Phebe
Mich
Malyn

Many people dislike 'boy names' being given to girls. Clearly, though, this is not a new occurence. Parents have been giving their daughters masculine names for a very long time. I neither dislike or like this trend. It's all about individual names and individual circumstances, for me. I think we really have to ask: What is gender? How do we define it? If it's not all to do with body parts, is there really a problem with giving girls boy names?


Image: 'The Jewish Bride' by Rembrandt

3 comments:

Audrey Simmons said...

Just wanted to let you know that I found your blog through YouTube and I love it! Lots of awesome name posts. :) thank you! Keep it up!

appellationmountain said...

I really like Embrie, and what a thrill to find her (!) pre-1700. Zacharia is fascinating, too - can't believe we haven't see more of that one. LOVE Damaris and Crispian.

Zeffy said...

This Embrie was married on the 26th of June 1607 to a Philipp Martin, so it is an early find. Also, thank you for mentioning my blog on Nameberry. That was so lovely :)

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