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
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Last updated: December 7, 2019
First submittedFebruary 10, 2017
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Women
14.9
Elizabeth
11.4
Joan
11.1
Margaret
9.2
Anne
7.9
Alice
5.9
Agnes
4.1
Isabel
3.4
Mary
3.0
Jane
3.0
Katherine
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Men
29.7
John
14.2
Thomas
13.8
William
7.3
Richard
6.4
Robert
3.4
Henry
2.6
Nicholas
1.9
Edward
1.7
Walter
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Level 81
Feb 10, 2017
You must be John, right? Would be easier to remember names!
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Level 65
Feb 11, 2017
John? (if no) No, Thomas? (if no) Oh sorry, I meant William! (then they're in the botton 50%)
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Level 64
Mar 27, 2017
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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Level 89
Feb 10, 2017
I got on a roll with the short forms being accepted... until Cathy wasn't. :(
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Level ∞
Feb 10, 2017
Cathy will work now. :)
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Level 71
Feb 10, 2017
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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Level 71
Jun 18, 2017
I've never met someone named Joan before. Although that might be because i don't live in England?
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Level 67
Jun 18, 2017
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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Level 70
Jun 19, 2017
Joan Rivers, Joan Baez, Joan of Arc, Joan Fontaine, Joan Collins, Joan Sutherland, Joan Plowright, just to name a few.
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Level 77
Jun 19, 2017
Joan Cusak, Joan Jett, Joan Crawford, Joan Lunden.
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Level 78
May 6, 2020
Two of my first cousins married women named Joan and there was a Joanie in my class, but I don't hear the name in younger generations in the US.
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Level 75
May 6, 2020
It's interesting that Agnes and Walter fell out of favor both in the English and German-speaking world at around the same time, while many of the other names stayed popular.
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Level 36
Feb 12, 2017
Very interesting, thanks!!!
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Level 60
Jun 18, 2017
Like the way you allow people to only have to type Ed or Rich!!
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Level 81
Jun 18, 2017
Surprised Dingo and Zoot weren't listed under the female names.
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Level 58
Jun 18, 2017
What about Anthrax?
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Level 79
Jun 18, 2017
Dweezil and Moon Unit are missing too.
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Level 65
Jun 18, 2017
Loved this quiz!
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Level 42
Jun 19, 2017
Wow, only 10 names contributed to the ~75% of the female population!
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Level 58
Jun 19, 2017
It's about the same for the male?
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Level 44
Jun 29, 2017
It makes Tudor history a SERIOUS pain, because there's a bazillion people with the same first name... "Wait, was it this Mary, this Mary, this Mary, or that Mary?" (I mean FFS, THREE of Henry VIII's five wives were named Catherine...)
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Level 83
Jun 2, 2019
I have found it near-impossible to understand the Wars of the Roses - so many Margarets, Henrys and Richards.
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Level 45
Aug 31, 2019
the house of normandy had so many matildas
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Level 83
May 6, 2020
@JBrommit - Good point, but Henry VIII had 6 wives. Of the remaning three, 2 were Annes, leaving Jane as the odd wife out, as it were.
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Level 69
Feb 15, 2021
five wives?
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Level 38
Jan 23, 2019
It's sad how Edward is the only Old English name there :(
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Level 83
Jun 2, 2019
I'm very surprised not to see Eleanor.
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Level 70
May 6, 2020
Clue: Think of the family of Henry VIII
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Level 65
May 6, 2020
I'm reading the Wolf Hall trilogy and every other man is called Thomas (Cromwell, Cranmer, Wolsey, More, Howard) and every other woman is called Mary (Boleyn, Tudor, Howard, Shelton. Very confusing!
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Level 58
May 6, 2020
Great series, once you realise "he" also refers to Cromwell. Helped a fair bit on this quiz.
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Level 66
May 6, 2020
Good quiz. I managed to miss most answers but it made me think, I like this kind of quiz.
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Level 40
May 6, 2020
Can you make it so Eliza would work for Elizabeth

also cool that Betty works for Elizabeth lol

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Level 78
May 6, 2020
Reminds me of the old nursery rhyme riddle, "Elizabeth, Elspeth, Betsey, and Bess, all went together to seek a bird's nest. They found a nest with five eggs in, they each took one and left four in." How?
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Level 57
May 20, 2020
I like how "Mary" and "Jane" end up right next to each other.
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Level 21
Jan 5, 2021
My name is Nicholas and I missed it
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Level 84
Apr 29, 2021
I guess George came into prominence later on?