This volume contains collected papers on medieval England's "names and naming patterns - mostly forenames or Christian names, but with some attention to family names." According to Rosenthal, there are "three lines of assault upon the culture and practice by way of analysis of names and naming" - "micro-social or family dynamic, village life, [and] limited name stock that confronts us when we tally the range of names that served the bulk of the population.

Contents

Part I - Introduction
"Names and Naming Patterns in Medieval England: An Introduction" by Joel T. Rosenthal
"English Personal Names ca. 650-1300: Some Prosopographical Bearings?" by Cecily Clark
"Identity and Identification: Some Recent Research into the English Medieval 'Forename'"? by Dave Postles

Part II - Scoial Groups
"Women's Names in Post-Conquest England: Observations and Speculations" by Cecily Clark
"The Popularity of Late Medieval Personal Names as Reflected in English Ordination Lists, 1350-1540" by Virginia Davis
"Spiritual Kinship and the Baptismal Name in Traditional European Society" by Michael Bennett
"Baptism and the Naming of Children in Late Medieval England?" by Philip Niles
"Social Connections between Parents and Godparents in Late Medieval Yorkshire" by Louis Haas
"Normans, Saints, and Politics: Forename Choice among Fourteenth-Century Gloucestershire Peasants" by Peter Franklin

Part III - Local Societies
"Some Aspects of Regional Variation in Early Middle English Personal Nomenclature" by John Insley
"Comparing Historic Name Communities in Wales: Some Approaches and Considerations" by Heather Jones
"Resistant, Diffused, or Peripheral? Northern Personal Names to ca. 1250?" by Dave Postles

Part IV - Chronologies and Impacts
"The Domesday Jurors?" by C.P. Lewis
"Names and Ethnicity in Anglo-Norman England" by Stephanie Mooers Christelow

General Index
Conspectus of Nomina ("Forenames")