Names and Naming Patterns in England 1538-1700

Hardcover | July 1, 1997

byScott Smith-Bannister

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This book contains the results of the first large-scale quantitative investigation of naming practices in early modern England. Scott Smith-Bannister traces the history of the fundamentally significant human act of naming one's children during a period of great economic, social, and religiousupheaval. Using in part the huge pool of names accumulated by the Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social Structures, he sets out to show which names were most commonly used, how children came to be given these names, why they were named after godparents, parents, siblings, orsaints, and how social status affected naming patterns. The chief historical significance of this research lies in the discovery of a substantial shift in naming practices in this period: away from medieval patterns of naming a child after a godparent and towards naming them after a parent. In establishing the chronology of how parents came to exercisegreater choice in naming their children and over the nature of naming practices, it successfully supersedes previous scholarship on this subject. Resolutely statistical and rich in anecdote, Dr Smith-Bannister's exploration of this deeply revealing subject will have far-reaching implications for thehistory of the English family and culture.

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This book contains the results of the first large-scale quantitative investigation of naming practices in early modern England. Scott Smith-Bannister traces the history of the fundamentally significant human act of naming one's children during a period of great economic, social, and religiousupheaval. Using in part the huge pool of nam...

Scott Smith-Bannister is a Head of History Department at Papplewick School, Ascot.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.71 inPublished:July 1, 1997Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198206631

ISBN - 13:9780198206637

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`Smith-Bannister's carefully crafted and closely reasoned study of English names is a welcome addition to our knowledge... on which the author bases most of his inferences are satisfyingly large, numbering in the ten of thousands of regionally differentiated cases... the careful assaying ofdata before conclusions are drawn inspires confidence.'Albion