9352documentable French names (was: Hello! I have a Question about cloaks...)
- Dec 15, 2006Janette wrote:
> Is my French first name period?There are period variants of it. Several women named "Jehannette" are
among those listed in 15th-century tax rolls from Paris and elsewhere
in northern France
instance. And women called "Jannet", "Jennet", or some variation
thereof lived in 16th-century England
The Academy of St. Gabriel is an organization dedicated to helping
individuals learn more about authentic medieval and renaissance names
and heraldry. They are not an SCA group, but their reports are
accepted as documentation by the College of Arms. They've issued four
which discuss "Jehannette", "Jeannette", or both. They've also done
two reports that cover "Jennet", #2829
<http://www.panix.com/~gabriel/public-bin/showfinal.cgi?2829> and #1187
If you're willing to consider related names a little further from your
mundane version, you'll have several additional options. The names
"Jehannette" and "Jeannette" are diminutives of "Jehanne" and "Jeanne".
(In French, "-ette" often serves the same function that "-y" and "-ie"
sometimes serve in English; the relationship between "Jehanne" and
"Jehannette" is analogous to that between "John" and "Johnny" or "Joan"
and "Joanie".) "Jannet" and "Jennet" are variants of "Jane", closely
related to "Janet". And if having some version of "Janette" as your
name is more important than having a name that sounds like "Janette",
you could probably find a cognate appropriate to almost any Western
European culture, depending on the century. It ultimately derives from
the Latin "Iohannes", via the French "Jehan", and mutations of that
name are found almost anywhere the Normans settled or traded.
> Does anyone have a suggested link I could look at for French names?The Medieval Names Archive <http://s-gabriel.org/names/> is, hands
down, the best online source for documentable names. I suggest you
begin with "Choosing a Society Name: Hints for Newcomers", and then
proceed to the naming guide(s) for the culture(s) in which you're
By the way, the Academy of St. Gabriel is on vacation until the middle
of January, but when they re-open, they'll be happy to help you find an
authentic name, if you want one. Just use their webform
<http://s-gabriel.org/gabemail.html>. But choose a culture, general
location, and era first--the more specific you are when you ask, the
more rapidly they'll be able to get you answers.
Barony of Bryn Gwlad
Kingdom of Ansteorra
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