Elizabethan Names

This list came about after hearing one too many characters called "Chastity Sweetlips" or some other unrealistic name. I decided to find out what the real names were that they used. So, I went down to UCLA's Research library, picked out a book that contained the registers of a period church and started collecting names. I picked out about 300 male names and 300 female names and counted the frequency with which they occurred. In this list I have omitted the ones that occurred only once. So, here it is, a list of what parents were really naming their children back then. -- Gary Kephart, Feb. '96

Naming References
Chris Laning's newest (3rd) version of
Faire Names for English Folk:
A Simple Guide to Late 16th Century English Personal Names
Also see St. Michael's
Modern Surnames from Period Occupations
The format is:
[name] ([# of times appearing])
variation (# of times appearing)

Female Names

Elizabeth (54)
Elizabeth (24), Elizabethe (30)
Anne (43)
Ann (2), Anna (5), Anne (33), Annes (3)
Mary(30)
Marie (14), Marye (16)
Margaret (22)
Margaret (4), Margarett (7), Margerie (2), Margerye (1), Margret (5), Margrett (3)
Sara (15)
Dorothy (10)
Dorithie (9), Dorothee (1)
Jane (10)
Katherine (10)
Katherine (7), Katheryne (3)
Susanna (10)
Susanna (9), Suzanna (1)
Francis (7)
Frances (3), Fraunces (4)
Joane (7)
Judith (6)
Judeth (1), Judith (1), Judithe (4)
Alice (5)
Ales (1), Alice (2), Alyce (2)
Ellen (5)
Ellen (1), Ellyn (4)
Grace (3)
Isabell (3)
Isabel (1), Isabell (2)
Martha (3)
Susan (3)
Winifred (3)
Wynefreed, Wynefrede, Wynnefreede
Avis (2)
Avis, Avice
Bennet (2)
Bennet, Bennett
Christian (2)
Christian, Christean
Constance (2)
Cybil (2)
Sybell, Sybyll
Ester (2)
Rebecka (2)
Rose (2)
Sidney (2)
Sindony, Syndony

267 Total

Male Names

John (55)
John (50), Johen(5)
Thomas (50)
William (35)
Richard (20)
Richarde (13), Richard (4), Rycharde (3)
Robert (15)
Roberte(9), Robert(6)
George (15)
Edward (15)
Edwarde (11), Edward (4)
Nicholas (8)
Nicholas (4), Nycholas (3), Nicholaus (1)
James (7)
Jeames(5), James(2)
Henry (6)
Henrie(4), Henry (1), Henrye (1)
Edmund (6)
Edmonde(3), Edmond(2), Edmund (1)
Harry (5)
Harrye(4), Harry (1)
Anthony (5)
Anthonye(3), Anthonie(2)
Roger (4)
Peter (4)
Nathaniel (4)
Nathaniell(2), Nathaniel (1), Nathanyell (1)
Stephen (3)
Jeffrey (3)
Jeffrye(2), Geoffraie (1)
Francis (3)
Andrew (3)
Androw(2), Androwe
Valentyne (2)
Samuell (2)
Ralph (2)
Rafe, Raphe
Michael (2)
Michael, Mychaell
Leonard (2)
Leonard, Leonarde
Josias (2)
Humphrey (2)
Humphrey, Humphrie
Hughe (2)
Gabriell (2)
Emanual (2)
Emanuell, Emanuel
Daniel (2)
Daniel, Danyell

288 Total

Originally created 15 February 1996
by Gary Kephart