Re: [SCA Newcomers] herald help
- Quoth "Joel":
> like the name Johannes "Jost" Seligkint. I'm thinking of the period<Johannes> actually is a relatively rare name in German -- the
> 15th to 16th century in mid-central Germany. Would the name fit
> historically and linguistically? Any help is much appreciated.
diminutive <Hans> is much more common in the data that I've looked
at. But here is some information about forms of the name used in
the central part of Germany in the period in which you're interested.
"16th-17th Century Hessian Given Names and Surnames"
draws on data from Selbold, about 29km from Frankfurt; it has four
examples of <Johann> and two of <Jost> (note that <Jost> is unrelated
to <Johann>; it is ultimately from the saint's name <Jodocus>).
In my article "German Names from N��rnberg, 1497"
of <Hans> are by far the most popular -- 917 of <Hanns> and 1171 of
<Hans> (for comparison, the next most popular mans' name is <Kuncz>,
a pet form of <Conrad> with 571 instances) -- in contrast with
<Johannes>, of which there are 10 instances.
There's a similar disparity in my "German Names from Kulmbach, 1495"
91 instances of <Hanns>, 38 of <Hans>, and only three of <Johannes>,
and in my "German Names from 1495" (covering Baden-Wuerttemberg)
has 402 instances of <Hanns>, 272 of <Hans>, and only three of
<Johannes>. (This article also has 15 examples of <Jost>.)
What do you intend <Seligkint> to mean?
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