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English Names of the Middle Ages

Can you guess the most common names of English people living in the years 1107-1600, according to a study by Janell Lovelace? (source)
  • More than 75% of people would have had one of these names!
  • Hint: Think of names from Tudor history
  • Quiz by Quizmaster - Feb 10, 2017
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Women
14.9
11.4
11.1
9.2
7.9
5.9
4.1
3.4
3.0
3.0
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Men
29.7
14.2
13.8
7.3
6.4
3.4
2.6
1.9
1.7
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(75)
You must be John, right? Would be easier to remember names!
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Feb 10, 2017
(58)
John? (if no) No, Thomas? (if no) Oh sorry, I meant William! (then they're in the botton 50%)
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Feb 11, 2017
(57)
I imagined this as someone saying "Hey, remember me?" and the other person answering "John, right?" "No... Thomas, was it?" "Now I got it! William!"
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Mar 27, 2017
(77)
I got on a roll with the short forms being accepted... until Cathy wasn't. :(
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Feb 10, 2017
Cathy will work now. :)
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Feb 10, 2017
(64)
Funny how they're all still perfectly normal today, with the exceptions of Agnes and Walter which sound a little old fashioned.
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Feb 10, 2017
(73)
Yes. Though Agnes and Walter were still popular back in the Victorian era.
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Feb 11, 2017
(64)
Even more recently than that. Plenty of people around my grandparent's age have those names in Britain.
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Feb 12, 2017
(66)
There are also GWB and GHWB.
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Feb 12, 2017
(64)
Their middle names are Walker, if that's what you're referring to?
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Jun 5, 2017
(71)
Both names were in my family in the US in the early to mid-1900s and I can think of a few famous people with those names, including Agnes Moorehead, Walter Cronkite, Walter Matthau, and of course, Wally Cleaver. It wouldn't surprise me to see Agnes make a comeback since so many names from that generation are making the rounds again. Agnes would probably be nicknamed Aggie - actually I quite like that.
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Jun 21, 2017
(64)
Walter is alive :^) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walter_Defends_Sarajevo
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Jun 18, 2017
(35)
I've never met someone named Joan before. Although that might be because i don't live in England?
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Jun 18, 2017
(62)
I used to have a neighbour named Joan (I live in Wales) :) The name's fallen out of fashion now but you do still sometimes meet older ladies named Joan in the UK.
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Jun 18, 2017
(62)
Joan Rivers, Joan Baez, Joan of Arc, Joan Fontaine, Joan Collins, Joan Sutherland, Joan Plowright, just to name a few.
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Jun 19, 2017
(63)
Joan Cusak, Joan Jett, Joan Crawford, Joan Lunden.
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Jun 19, 2017
(33)
Very interesting, thanks!!!
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Feb 12, 2017
(50)
Like the way you allow people to only have to type Ed or Rich!!
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Jun 18, 2017
(65)
Surprised Dingo and Zoot weren't listed under the female names.
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Jun 18, 2017
(61)
What about Anthrax?
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Jun 18, 2017
(65)
Dweezil and Moon Unit are missing too.
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Jun 18, 2017
(55)
Loved this quiz!
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Jun 18, 2017
(35)
Wow, only 10 names contributed to the ~75% of the female population!
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Jun 19, 2017
(55)
It's about the same for the male?
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Jun 19, 2017
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