Naming Practices in 16th Century Gloucestershire:
Relative Frequencies of Given Names

by Mari ingen Briain meic Donnchada (Kathleen M. O’Brien)

© 2000-2009 by Kathleen M. O'Brien. All rights reserved.
Version 1.2, updated 01 October 2009


One of the important trends to study is how much a particular class of names dominating the naming practices of a culture. In studying the names in Gloucestershire, I have arbitrarily broken up the frequency of names according to the following criteria:

It is interesting to note that there are no masculine given names in the 5-10% group. Also, 11.07% of the feminine given names and 14.72% of the masculine given names fall into the Rare category. In other words, about 1 in 10 feminine and 1 in 6.7 masculine given names in the entries are "Rare". This indicates a wider naming pool than we may previously have assumed.

To bring this result more into focus, it can be described by the examples:

If a family had 7 sons,

If a family had 10 daughters

(Most of the examples of a repetition of a "Very Common" name in 1 family occur when a child died and a child born later had the same name.)

Relative Frequencies of Feminine Given Names

Relative Frequencies of Masculine Given Names


Relative Frequencies of Feminine Given Names

Very Common (10% or more)
51.49% of the population had names of this type
Joane18.68%
Alice11.11%
Elizabeth11.02%
Margaret10.68%
 
Common (5% - 10%)
21.43% of the population had names of this type
Agnes8.74%
Ann6.62%
Katherine6.07%
 
Uncommon (1% - 5%)
15.95% of the population had names of this type
Margery4.99%
Mary3.11%
Elinor2.35%
Edith1.51%
Sible1.46%
Isabell1.29%
Helen1.24%
 
Rare (less than 1%)
11.07% of the population had names of this type
Marian0.80%
Thomaseen0.74%
Bridgett0.73%
Judith0.71%
Maud0.71%
Grace0.70%
Julyan0.65%
Amis0.61%
Frances0.61%
Ussela0.50%
Dorothy0.42%
Emme0.39%
Susanna0.26%
Cicily0.23%
Pernill0.23%
Phillis0.23%
Mabel0.22%
Izard0.20%
Blanche0.19%
Phillip0.18%
Tibbald0.18%
Millicent0.17%
Usannia0.17%
Denice0.14%
Christian0.11%
Martha0.11%
Kinborow0.10%
Florence0.09%
Winifride0.09%
Ellyn0.08%
Barbara0.07%
Sara0.06%
Welthian0.06%
Abigall0.05%
Pering0.05%
Prudence0.05%
Ruthe0.05%
Joyce0.04%
Tacie0.04%
Audria0.01%
Gwine0.01%
Milberowe0.01%
Rose0.01%
Sage0.01%
Laureat0.00%
Luce0.00%
Olyf0.00%


Relative Frequencies of Masculine Given Names

Very Common (10% or more)
64.00% of the population had names of this type
John21.37%
Thomas17.51%
William13.60%
Richard11.52%
  
Common (5% - 10%)
0% of the population had names of this type
 
Uncommon (1% - 5%)
21.48% of the population had names of this type
Robert4.20%
Walter2.72%
Edward2.42%
James2.24%
Henry2.23%
Edmond2.09%
Gyles1.70%
Nicholas1.45%
Philip1.27%
Christofer1.16%
 
Rare (less than 1%)
14.72% of the population had names of this type
Augustine0.77%
Franses0.70%
Arthur0.69%
George0.69%
Humphrey0.69%
Anthony0.66%
Leonard0.55%
Maurice0.55%
Lewes0.52%
Guy0.47%
Roger0.47%
Raynould0.45%
Samuel0.44%
Ralph0.43%
Ansell0.39%
Jenyfer0.39%
Julian0.39%
Mellard0.39%
Arnold0.33%
Stephen0.33%
Austine0.29%
Ludovic0.25%
Clemence0.24%
Christian0.23%
Conway0.23%
Gylbert0.23%
David0.20%
Garret0.20%
Geffrey0.20%
Alexander0.19%
Hugh0.19%
Rowland0.19%
Peter0.18%
Joseph0.17%
Michaell0.17%
Simond0.12%
Barnaby 0.11%
Jasper 0.11%
Josias 0.11%
Brice0.09%
Griffith0.09%
Laurence0.09%
Zachary0.09%
Ambrose0.06%
Charles0.06%
Andrew0.05%
Ferdinando0.05%
Flores0.05%
Meredithe0.05%
Toby0.05%
Macklen0.03%
Randell0.02%
Daniell0.01%
Foke0.01%
Mathewe0.01%
Abraham0.00%
Denis0.00%
Jerry0.00%
Justus0.00%
Mylys0.00%
Samson0.00%
Tymothy0.00%
Valantine0.00%
Yevane0.00%


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