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Dictionary of Medieval Names from European Sources

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Writers, historians, linguists, and the generally curious may all enjoy the Dictionary of Medieval Names from European Sources (DMNES). This ongoing project "aims to document all given names recorded in European sources written between 500 and 1600." As its name suggests, visitors to DMNES will find a wealth of information on hundreds of first names that the project's scholars have traced back to Medieval European usage. Many of these names are still commonly used today, such as Anthony and Elizabeth, but many others, such as Brunissende and Dadbert, may be less familiar. Each name's entry contains (when known) its standardized form, gender association, linguistic etymology, and important medieval namesakes. Also included are citations of medieval literature that used the name, including the geographic area, language, year, spelling variants, and any diminutives or nicknames, along with other information. Visitors may browse the dictionary alphabetically, and the project also provides a useful guide to help understand the entries' structure. First published in 2015 and followed by multiple updated editions, DMNES is led by Sara L. Uckelman, an assistant professor in the Department of Philosophy at Durham University in the UK.
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Date of Scout Publication 2019-04-19
Archived Scout Publication URL https://scout.wisc.edu/report/2019/0419

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