picking German places and names (was: Irish/German persona)
- jerry s wrote:
> i have decided to have my persona take on a german name upon enteringThere's a lot more information online on names from southern Germany
> germany. . .ill be looking for a german village to be living in also,
> the date is 1459
(where High German was dominant) than on other regions. That would,
therefore, be the easiest area to research.
If you go to the Medieval Naming Guide for German names
<http://www.s-gabriel.org/names/german.shtml> and look in the High
German section, you'll see a number of articles on names from
15th-century tax records. "German Names from 1495"
listings for multiple towns, some of them probably small enough to be
considered "villages", and mentions next to each name where the people
who bore it were from. One easy way to pick a place to "live" and a
name that would be likely to have been used there is simply to choose a
surname from the list, then find a first name recorded in one of the
same towns and set your persona there. For example, the surname
"Hartman" and the first name "Lennhardt" are both in entries for people
from Heinsheim. So "Lennhardt Hartman" from Heinsheim in
Baden-Württemberg is a perfectly plausible choice. Several other
tax-record based articles are from specific cities. You could just as
easily choose a first name and a surname from one of those, and set
your persona there.
Choosing a first name from one place and a second name from another in
the same region and from the same time period is also fine. The list
of towns that's part of "German Names from 1495" would still be a good
place to go looking for a village to "live in". A few minutes on a
search engine or a visit to a map of Germany should help you determine
which of the mentioned places is small enough for your purposes.
Barony of Bryn Gwlad
Kingdom of Ansteorra