French Names from Abbeville, 1388

by Sara L. Uckelman
known in the SCA as Aryanhwy merch Catmael

© 2013 Sara L. Uckelman; all rights reserved
last updated 12Nov13

The following 138 names are taken from records relating to the election of the abbot of Abbeville, France in 1388. All of the people recorded are men. I have provided two lists, of given names ordered by frequency, and bynames ordered alphabetically (ignoring leading articles and prepositions). I have omitted acute accents from the names, since I have not been able to determine if they are modern editorial editions or not. The spellings are in general typical of High Medieval French, but show some examples of more modern influence, e.g., both Jehan and Jean occur, though the former, medieval, form is by far more common.

All men except for five had a single given name plus a single byname. One had no given name. One had two bynames, the second of which was a descriptive. There was one father/son pair who had the same byname and given name, distinguished as pere and fil, and one was noted as ainsnie 'old'.

Masculine given names, by frequency

NameNumberNotes
Jehan46
    Jehan44
    Jean1
    Jehaunin1
Pierre17
    Pierre17
Fremin11
    Fremin11
Colart9
    Colart8
    Collart1
Mahieu4
    Mahieu4
Adam4
    Adam4
Guerard4
    Guerard3
    Guerart1
Jacques4
    Jacques2
    Jacquet1
    Jaques1
Williaume4
    Williaume3
    Willet1
Henri3
    Henri2
    Henriot1
Hue3
    Hue3
Bertremieu2
    Bertremieu2
Esteule2
    Esteule2
Eustace2
    Eustace2
Achere1
    Achere1
Bernard1
    Bernard1
Boin1
    Boin1
Daguenet1
    Daguenet1
Ernoul1
    Ernoul1
Garnier1
    Garnier1
Gille1
    Gille1
Guilebert1
    Guilebert1Also spelled Guillebert.
Hainfroy1
    Hainfroy1
Laurent1
    Laurent1
Leurin1
    Leurin1
Lois1
    Lois1
Oudart1
    Oudart1
Raoul1
    Raoul1
Regnault1
    Regnault1
Regnier1
    Regnier1
Ricart1
    Ricart1
Riquier1
    Riquier1
Robert1
    Robert1
Thomas1
    Thomas1
Vinchen1
    Vinchen1
Watier1
    Watier1

Bynames, alphabetically

NameNumberNotes
Able1
ainsnie1desc. 'old'.
d'Araines1
d'Aumale1
de Baiement1
Barbafust1
des Baus1
de Beaurain1
Becquet1
de Biencourt1
de Bos1
de Breelle1
de Broustelles1
le Bœuf1
Boistel1
Borne1
le Bourgois1
Boussart2
de Buigny1
le Bustenguier1
de Cahon1
de Cambron1
le Canu1
Carne1
le Caron2
de Cateu2
Catine2
de Cauchy1
Caullande1
de Caumont1
Cerbadas1
le Clerc1
Clevetin1
au Coste2
Coullard1
de Cramont1
de Crasmesnil1
Daut1
Desquais1
Dorge1
Dormon1
Douville1
Engignon1
Faffelin2
Femme1
le Fefvre1occ. 'the smith'.
le Fevre1occ. 'the smith'.
Ficquet1
le Flamenc1desc. 'the Fleming, man from Flanders'. Also spelled le Flamenq.
Flesque1
Gorbet1
de Gorges2
le Goudalier1
le Grant1
Guillart1
de le Haie1
Hardy1desc. from OFr hardi 'hardy; bold, courageous', or pat. from the same.
de Humieres1
de Huppy1
d'Ionval1
Jebin1
le Joule1
de Laniers1
de Latre2
Laudee1
Lenganeur1
Lengles3desc. 'the English, man from England'.
Lerique1
de Lessiel1
Lever1
de Limeu1
Linguet1
de Lomel1
Loste1
le Machon1
Maillart1
du Mainsnil1
le Mangnier1
de Marquenneville1
Martel1
Mauchembert2
le Megnen1
le Merchier1
Le Moitier1
Mustel3
le Normant1desc. 'the Norman'.
Opin1
des Ostieux1
d'Oultre-l'iaue1
Pappegay1desc. 'parrot, popinjay', for a person who dresses gaudily or who has a raucous voice. Also spelled Papegay and Papeguay.
Patin1
Pesquet2
Peulon2
Picquelin1
Pinchon1
du Pont1
le Potier1
le Prevost1
du Puch1
Du Puch1
Qui-ne-paie2
Reche1
Roussel1
le Roux2
de Saint-Delien1
de Saint-Riquier1
Siffait1
Tabarie1
Tinguery4
le Tourbier1
Tournevaque1
Toutain1
de Touvoyon1
Vadoul1
de le Valee1
le Ver1
le Vert1
Yaunart1

Source

Thierry, Augustin, Recueil des monuments in├ędits de l'histoire du Tiers Etat ..., Volume 4, http://books.google.de/books?id=SDBBAAAAcAAJ.