|Catalan Names in Latin Contexts|
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Catalan Names in Latin Contexts: the late 12th century
by Juliana de Luna (Julia Smith, firstname.lastname@example.org)
These names are taken from a group of documents detailing lawsuits from
12th century Catalonia. At the time, conflicts between noble landlords and
their tenants were common. Lawsuits in which tenants successfully defended
themselves against the demands of their landlords are common. These are
taken from the analysis of Thomas Bissom (in Tormented Voices: Power,
Crisis, and Humanity in Rural Catalonia, 1140-1200, 1998).
|1. Petrus (Pere)||42||22%|
|2. Guilelmus (Guilelm, Guillem)||25||13%|
|3. Arnau (Arnal, Arnau)||19||10%|
|4. Bernardus (Bernard, Bernat)||17||9%|
|5. Raimundus (Ramon)||16||9%|
|6. Berengarius (Berenguer)||15||8%|
|7. Poncius (Ponç)||5||3%|
Three names occur twice, Dominicus (Domingo), Ermengallus (Ermengol), and Vitalis (Vidal). A complete list of men's given names and a list of all the men's names as they appeared in the original documents are both available.
The vast majority of the people mentioned here have single element bynames. Just under 20% have no byname, but just a single given name. 76% have a single element byname. The remaining 5% have two-element bynames.
The most common kind of byname is a locative byname taking the form <de (placename)>. 28% of men had this sort of surname. Two kinds of patronymic surnames are found here: the first has the father's name in a possessive form (i.e. ending with <-i> or <-onis>), while the second uses the father's name in an unmodified form (some with Latin endings, others in vernacular form). 11% of men have patronymic bynames with a possessive form; 8% have patronymic bynames that are unmodified. A small percentage of these names may have second given names, but it was impossible to determine from the data. 6% of men had descriptive bynames, including occupational (rusticus 'peasant', burbo 'weaver') and descriptive (barbarossa 'red beard', bonus homo 'good man') bynames. The remainder of single element surnames could not be identified.
Two element bynames had (with one exception, which combined a patronymic with an occupational byname) a locative element as the second element. Only three people have what may be a double given name with a locative surname. While double given names cannot be ruled out at this date for Catalan, they were extremely rare.
Adalyde de Perpiniano |
Berenguera de Puigdàlber
Guilelma de Planes
1977 Onomástica Barcelonesa del Sigo XIV. Barcelona: Universidad de Barcelona.