At 11:44 AM 7/10/1999 -0500, you wrote:
>From: "Elizabeth B. Naime" <elspeth@...>
>From what I've read -- initially a library book on personal names in
>Novgorod in this perios, later in the wonderful online book of Russian
>Names (whose author I forget, but wish to thank nonetheless) --
Hi -- I'm the author whose name you forgot :)
>parents gave you a Slavic name that did not correspond with a saint's
>name, any time after the conversion, you would also acquire a christening
The Slavic name could have been used informally (afaik only the
>princes and such used non-saint names for public purposes -- feedback on
and the christening name would have been used in written records
>and from this I assume in formal situations. "Middle" names in the modern
>sense didn't exist, but here I perceive a way to have three names fair and
Where do you get the third name? I count one Russian name, one baptismal
>However I am having trouble distinguishing between names that would have
>been christening names, and those that wouldn't. I think my favorite
>choice, Daria, would have been a christening name (a 3rd century saint and
Yes, the Orthodox Church has a list of proper baptismal names. Most of
them are Orthodox saint, although some Bible folk are included.
Can wiser heads than mine verify this, and has anyone
>in a similar quest gleaned a list of non-saint feminine Slavic names?
See my Dictionary again -- there are 100s there
>seem to be better respected as a sex in this period than in many others,
>but women's names still don't make it into the record in the same numbers
>as men's names do... and I am thinking that the Slavic names, being
>informal, would be even less likely to be written down.
True -- see the grammar section of my Dictionary again.
>Feel free to respond publically if you think there is general interest, or
>privately if something like this has been discussed to death prior to my
Feel free to contact me directly (I'm using my wife's account to post
address is: goldschp@...
-- Paul Wickenden of Thanet
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