Names Found in 17th C Wills from the Shetland Islands, Scotland: Women's Given Names

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


© 2013 by Kathleen M. O'Brien. All rights reserved.
Version 1.0, updated 28 June 2013


Women's Given Names

In the lists below, there are a handful of cases where a woman is listed in the records twice. These occur because there is a listing for a will for that woman and a listing of a will for her husband or widower, where his will includes her name.

It is also possible, given the time range of these documents, that a woman could be listed as a child on one or more wills for her parents when she was a minor, then later be listed in her own will and that of her husband or widower.

Because of these issues, and the inability to be certain when matching up names to identify multiple references to the same person, I have treated every name as a separate person for the purposes of the frequency counts below.

Also, due to the inability to be certain that any two listing refer to the same person, it is not possible to tell if a name that originated as a diminutive or corrupted form of another name was used as a diminutive or "nickname" at the time of these records. For that reason, I have listed names that originated as diminutive or corrupted forms under their own header.


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Sorted Alphabetically

 
Sort UnderCountVariant SpellingCountNotes
Marion75Marian2 
Marion73
Margaret61Margaret61 
Katherine53Catherine3 
Katherine50
Agnes41Agnes40 
Agnus1
Christian32Christian26 
Christine2
Cristian1
Cristine3
Janet29Janet28 
Jenat1
Sinnevo21Sinevo7From the Old Norse Sunnifa.
Sinnavo1
Sinnevo9
Sinniva1
Synnevo3
Barbara20Barbara20 
Elspeth19Elspeth19A Scots form of Elizabeth.
Ingagarth18Inga1From the Old Norse Ingigerðr. Inga may be from the Old Norse Inga but is more likely a diminutive or abbreviation of Ingagarth in this context.
Ingagarath1
Ingagarth10
Ingagert1
Ingagerth4
Ingagord1
Helen17Helen17 
Isabel15Isabel8A diminutive of Elizabeth.
Isabell1
Isebil1
Isobel5
Breta14Breta14 
Jean12Jane1 
Jean11
Anna11Ann3 
Anna6
Anne2
Bessie9Bess1A diminutive of Elizabeth.
Bessie8
Elizabeth9Elizabeth9 
Grissel9Grissel6 
Grissil1
Grizel1
Grizell1
Marjorie9Marjorie9 
Bryde8Bryde8From the Gaelic Brighid.
Magdalen8Magdalen8 
Mary8Marie4 
Mary4
Sara6Sara5 
Sarah1
Garthrow5Gairthrow2 
Garthrow2
Guthrow1
Martha5Mart1 
Martha4
Euphane4Euphan2 
Euphane2
Doratie3Doratie2 
Dorothie1
Eliza3Eliza3A diminutive of Elizabeth.
Lilias3Lilias3 
Clara2Clara1 
Claray1
Helgo2Helgo1From the Old Norse Helga.
Hilgo1
Magnus2Magnus2 
Mans2Mans1Originated as a form of Magnus.
Manss1
Olave2Olave2From the Old Norse Ólǫf.
Beggis1Beggis1 
Gotherum1Gotherum1From the Old Norse Guðrún.
Gullis1Gullis1 
Guneild1Guneild1From the Old Norse Gunnhildr.
John1John1 
Judith1Judith1 
Mallie1Mallie1 
Manson1Manson1 
Marbrun1Marbrun1 
Marote1Marote1 
Mina1Mina1 
Sophia1Sophia1 
Susana1Susana1 
Syne1Syne1Possibly from the Old Norse Signý.
Ursella1Ursella1 
Zinneir1Zinneir1I do not know if the Z in this name represents a Z or a yogh. If it is a yogh, this name would properly be written Ȝinneir.
(blank)1(blank)1 
Sort UnderCountVariant SpellingCountNotes
Agnes41Agnes40 
Agnus1
Anna11Ann3 
Anna6
Anne2
Barbara20Barbara20 
Beggis1Beggis1 
Bessie9Bess1A diminutive of Elizabeth.
Bessie8
Breta14Breta14 
Bryde8Bryde8From the Gaelic Brighid.
Christian32Christian26 
Christine2
Cristian1
Cristine3
Clara2Clara1 
Claray1
Doratie3Doratie2 
Dorothie1
Eliza3Eliza3A diminutive of Elizabeth.
Elizabeth9Elizabeth9 
Elspeth19Elspeth19A Scots form of Elizabeth.
Euphane4Euphan2 
Euphane2
Garthrow5Gairthrow2 
Garthrow2
Guthrow1
Gotherum1Gotherum1From the Old Norse Guðrún.
Grissel9Grissel6 
Grissil1
Grizel1
Grizell1
Gullis1Gullis1 
Guneild1Guneild1From the Old Norse Gunnhildr.
Helen17Helen17 
Helgo2Helgo1From the Old Norse Helga.
Hilgo1
Ingagarth18Inga1From the Old Norse Ingigerðr. Inga may be from the Old Norse Inga but is more likely a diminutive or abbreviation of Ingagarth in this context.
Ingagarath1
Ingagarth10
Ingagert1
Ingagerth4
Ingagord1
Isabel15Isabel8A diminutive of Elizabeth.
Isabell1
Isebil1
Isobel5
Janet29Janet28 
Jenat1
Jean12Jane1 
Jean11
John1John1 
Judith1Judith1 
Katherine53Catherine3 
Katherine50
Lilias3Lilias3 
Magdalen8Magdalen8 
Magnus2Magnus2 
Mallie1Mallie1 
Mans2Mans1Originated as a form of Magnus.
Manss1
Manson1Manson1 
Marbrun1Marbrun1 
Margaret61Margaret61 
Marion75Marian2 
Marion73
Marjorie9Marjorie9 
Marote1Marote1 
Martha5Mart1 
Martha4
Mary8Marie4 
Mary4
Mina1Mina1 
Olave2Olave2From the Old Norse Ólǫf.
Sara6Sara5 
Sarah1
Sinnevo21Sinevo7From the Old Norse Sunnifa.
Sinnavo1
Sinnevo9
Sinniva1
Synnevo3
Sophia1Sophia1 
Susana1Susana1 
Syne1Syne1Possibly from the Old Norse Signý.
Ursella1Ursella1 
Zinneir1Zinneir1I do not know if the Z in this name represents a Z or a yogh. If it is a yogh, this name would properly be written Ȝinneir.
(blank)1(blank)1 
  


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