Re: [sig] Name help?/
- I'm sorry, but "catty" or "cat-like" are not period Russian naming concepts.
We have very little on feminine naming practices for Kievan Rus beyond
their given names. What you'd find in later periods (like 15th-16th
century Moscovy) is that women's descriptives tended to be straight
adjectives: "red/beautiful", "quiet", "tall", "wide".
In later Russian names, you might find surnames that evoked animal
images. I have an article on such bynames in my "archive":
But none of these are Kievan Rus names. In the 11th century, the only real
bynames we see are patronymics. The adjectival descriptive bynames are
exclusive to men.
At 05:39 PM 6/14/2004 +0000, you wrote:
>OK I'm back with another question..lol
>For Kievan Russia .
>I have found Mariia in the Birch Bark letters. I am wanting to use
>this with a discriptive. What would be time appropriate for Mariia
>the cat,,, or wildcat ,,, or shrewd cat ...if there would be such a
>construct? Maybe someone would be so kind as to list the
>possiblities. Does this seem realistic and do able? If so how would
>it be written and pronounced. I am striving for 11th or 12th
>century. Thank You for your patientance and help.
- OK well ..this is getting surreal..
Maybe you can give me some ideas then.
What would I be called if I wanted a byname which means Petrs' wife?
Or if I submitted Babcia Mariia do you think it would have any chance
of getting passed?
I really don't care about a byname but SCA requires two..lol
- At 11:03 PM 6/14/2004 +0000, you wrote:
>OK well ..this is getting surreal..Petrova zhena is the late period way of indicating this. Petrova by itself
>Maybe you can give me some ideas then.
>What would I be called if I wanted a byname which means Petrs' wife?
would work fine.
>Or if I submitted Babcia Mariia do you think it would have any chanceNot sure what Babcia is (but I probably missed that discussion). :)
>of getting passed?
Sounds like it wouldn't hurt for you to do some research on names and
naming practices. No need to rush into getting a name. And it sounds like
you're pretty open to ideas. My Dictionary has a pretty in depth section
on naming practices that can get you started, but reading up on the history
a bit more will help you as well.
-- Paul Wickenden