> I do have a question. Would your father be called William in Norman French?
> Or some version of Guillaume?
> And probably even something different in Latin?
> (Oh no, Two names to research!)
> best of luck!
> Asther de Perpinya
Men's names are SOO much easier to research. They signed more documents etc. It would appear that W was in use for the original Norman immigrants as there were many Williams and Walters. I would like to know when the French ceased using W and when they re-introduced it, as this could be the hinge I need.
I put a file on Yahoo group 12th C clothing as well. This was a book based on a PhD thesis into 12thC Anglo-Norman women of power and records many of them with primary source documents. Not a single "last name" among them all "OF...." (place/father/husband etc)
Claricia (Mumbele mumble something or other)