Re: [SCA Newcomers] Egyptian Female Name
- Tish wrote:
> I have done searches for Egyptian female names in 16th century andThe dominant language in 16th-century Egypt was Arabic. The Medieval
> not having any luck.
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.
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