Wednesday, 15 February 2012

The Bodleian Library 1614-1621

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Last week's Bodleain Library post only took us up to 1613. This time we look at the users of the library from 1614 to 1621. The names are of Oxford students, faculty and of visiting scholars, and were taken from The Register of the University of Oxford published in 1887.

Cadwallader

Pascha

Zorobabel

Veldard

Sixtinus

Acatius

Avery

Everard

Jodocus

Manius

Nicolaus

Careius

Reyner 

Since I'm such a sucker for masculine names ending in -us, I've taken a liking to Acatius, which might be a variant spelling of Acacius, a Latinized Ancient Greek name meaning 'innocent' or 'not evil'. Then there is Reyner (and all its variant spellings), which is steadily climbing my own personal favourites list. It has Germanic roots and is made up of the elements ragin 'advice' or 'decision' and hari 'army'. And, of course, it is great to see what many consider a modern name, Avery, appear in an early seventeenth century list.

Image: Die Lekt├╝re by Eduard von Grutzner.