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Re: [SCA Newcomers] Egyptian Female Name

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  • Coblaith Muimnech
    ... The dominant language in 16th-century Egypt was Arabic. The Medieval Names Archive s guide to Islamic names
    Message 1 of 3 , Oct 21, 2009
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      Tish wrote:
      > I have done searches for Egyptian female names in 16th century and
      > not having any luck.

      The dominant language in 16th-century Egypt was Arabic. The Medieval
      Names Archive's guide to Islamic names <http://www.s-gabriel.org/
      names/islamic.shtml> links to several good resources on Arabic names
      that will help you get started.


      If you are for some reason opposed to using an Arabic name, there are
      two tenuous alternatives of which I'm aware.

      At the dawn of the 16th century, Egypt was (as it had been for a
      little over a century) ruled by the Burji Mamluks. It was conquered
      by the Ottomans in 1517, and remained part of their empire well past
      the end of our period. Both the Mamluks and the Ottomans spoke
      dialects of Turkish <http://books.google.com/books?
      id=abBwNKJ2QbgC&pg=PA490>, and while they were in power the Mamluks
      used Turkish names <http://books.google.com/books?
      id=P5JO5YnVpL0C&pg=PA11>. If you set your persona early in the
      century and give her a Mamluk father you might arguably do the same.
      You should be aware, however, that there were no female Mamluks, and
      the Mamluks used Turkish names specifically to distinguish themselves
      from their subjects. So it's possible that they didn't give such
      names to their (manifestly non-Mamluk) daughters. You should
      probably try to find out before you settle on one.

      Coptic, which died out as a language of daily use during the 16th
      century <http://www.ethnologue.com/show_language.asp?code=cop>, was
      the last version of the native Egyptian tongue. I suppose it's
      possible that some very sentimental or conservative family might've
      given a daughter a Coptic name during this period. "Nubian Names
      from Coptic and Greek Inscriptions" <http://www.doomchicken.net/
      ~ursula/sca/onomastics/nubian/nubian.html> offers a few given names
      from earlier centuries with which you might start. You'd need to
      work with someone who knows something about Coptic naming patterns to
      put together a complete name for registration, though.


      By the way, you might find useful some of the resources at Dar
      Anahita <http://home.earthlink.net/~lilinah/> and "Mistress Safia's
      Middle Eastern Garb Do's and Don'ts" <http://www.willofyre.com/
      periodmideastgarb.html>, particularly if your final decision as to
      whether to make your persona Egyptian depends upon the way she'd dress.


      Coblaith Muimnech
      Barony of Bryn Gwlad
      Kingdom of Ansteorra
      <mailto:Coblaith@...>
      <http://coblaith.net>
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