Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Wigtownshire and Minnigaff : Part I

 File:Edward Gennys Fanshawe, Looking across the Clyde from Gourock, 1843 (Scotland).jpg

The following names were taken from the Wigtownshire and Minnigaff Parish Lists for 1684. Minnigaff is a village found in Wigtownshire, a county in South West Scotland now part of Dumfries and Galloway. Although the title of the source may suggest otherwise, the names were taken from a number of villages in Wigtownshire. The lists were drawn up for nominal rolls and included anyone over the age of 12. Only male names have been included in this post, and popular alternative spellings found in the lists have been included in brackets.

Elison

Hendrie

Duncan

Anthon

Andro

Patrik

Ninian

Umpha

Baylzie

Edvard

Cuthbert

Niccolus

Downie

Niven (Nivin)

Bernhard

Lucras

Fergus

Ballie

Gilbert

Mihall

Lamb

Provist

Euphem

Finlay

Quintine

Ochtrie

Uthreid 

Some of the names reflect local influences, such as Ninian, the name of a saint whose church is in the town of Whithorn, and Cuthbert, a saint prominent in the Kingdom of Northumbria and parts of the Scottish lowlands. The appearance of an Edvard also suggests Scandinavian influences. Anyway, the name that I feel stands out the most is Niven, the Anglicized form of Naomhan, meaning 'little saint'.

Image: 'Looking across the Clyde from Gourock, 1843' by Edward Gennys Fanshawe.