genuinely old English girls names?

(43 Posts)
utopian99 Sat 03-May-14 07:01:06

Looking for true old English not just 'vintagey' sounding. We have loads of good boys options but really struggle with girls. Our ds has a name we decided years before he was conceived which then turned out to be in the top ten that year which will irk me forever, so less common is better...

mistyegg Sat 03-May-14 07:27:14

There's a long list to look through here

DonkeysDontRideBicycles Sat 03-May-14 10:55:22

Matilda was the first one to occur to me but I think it's German in origin.

How about
Agatha
Agnes
Dulcie
Emma
Edwina
Faye
Janet
Joan
Laetitia
Marian
Philippa

meditrina Sat 03-May-14 11:14:31

How old do you want to go?

Here's a lovely thread about Anglo Saxon names and there's a recent thread about Biblical ones (which would be even older), or you could try Ancient Greek or Roman names, or ones from ancient Egyptian myths and engravings.

Megrim Sat 03-May-14 14:28:12

Eleanor
Elizabeth
Katherine / Catharine
Isobel(la)
Jane
Anne
Matilda
Margaret
Emma
Edith
Philippa
Joan
Henrietta
Mary
Ethelreda
Maud
Sybilla
Euphemia
Annabella
Madeleine
Judith

Selks Sat 03-May-14 15:02:22

Beatrice

badtime Sat 03-May-14 15:28:23

Have a look through this:
www.s-gabriel.org/names/english.shtml

It has lists from various records of names from specific time periods.

Salazar Sat 03-May-14 15:48:50

Felicity
Verity
Cecily

Were the ones that came to mind... No logic though. Know nothing about the origins, they just feel English to me.

Clawdy Sat 03-May-14 17:56:38

Fritha is a beautiful Anglo-Saxon name.

MyrtleDove Sat 03-May-14 21:28:12

Maud(e) is the English version of Matilda, very old.

Also Alice (very popular with medieval women), Joan, Christina, Emma, Eleanor, Margaret, Margery, Agnes, Agatha, Catherine, Elizabeth, Bridget, Edith - all popular medieval women's names, though not all of strictly English origin.

MyrtleDove Sat 03-May-14 21:54:50

Oh and Ethel and Hilda.

florascotia Sat 03-May-14 22:02:23

Agree with Myrtle above. Woud add Isabel/ Isabella and variations of Mary such as Mariota plus perhaps Joan (and variations).

Verity, Cecily, Felicity etc hardly ever used in England in Middle Ages.

utopian99 Sat 03-May-14 22:44:43

Hmm. Read the Anglo saxon name thread and there aresome properly old, but possibly too old, nanenames there...

I like cecily, although not old English, but it means 'blind' I think. Also love Beatrice (mostly from reading Much Ado,) but dh has vetoed. Argh.. am rubbish at girls!

SuffolkNWhat Sat 03-May-14 22:46:58

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

meditrina Sat 03-May-14 22:49:20

How about Shakesperean?

Viola, Portia, Desdemona, Portia, Rosalind, Celia, Mopsa?

RadioFourNotRadioSnore Sat 03-May-14 23:27:52

Rosamund

Rosalind

Juliet

Cecilia

ashtrayheart Sat 03-May-14 23:29:04

Catherine

mistyegg Sat 03-May-14 23:48:06

Cordelia
Imogen
Mirabel

mathanxiety Sun 04-May-14 06:08:04

Anstice (Norman - Anastasia)
Berengaria
Elfrieda
Petronella (Norman)
Adelaide (Norman)
Alison (strangely enough)
Clarimund
Eleanor
Elysande
Heloise/ Eloise
Millicent
Isolde/ Yseult
Rosamund
Rosalind
Clare
Juliana
Anchoret (possibly from Welsh Angharad)
Honora/ Annora
Jehane
Guinevere
Benedicta
Helen
Katherine
Margaret
Averil
Audrey (from Etheldreda)
Marjorie
Sibylla
Amabel/ Annabel/ Arabel

mathanxiety Sun 04-May-14 06:09:09

And Aphrah / Aphra

mathanxiety Sun 04-May-14 06:18:05

Inga
Jacqueline/ Jacquetta

Hmm define English? Most of the names people have suggested above are French. Because high status Medieval English people mostly spoke French until quite late on. A few are derived from Ancient British languages (mostly filtered through Norman French) and a few are from Anglo Saxon languages, ie German, and filtered the same way. I would pick a era and go look up names from then, but not get hung up on Englishness..

hobbjobb Sun 04-May-14 11:35:08

Cecily does mean 'blind', but she is also the patron saint of musicians which has a nicer meaning

ViviPru Sun 04-May-14 14:34:12

MistyEgg I don't trust that search... I've just changed the list to 1980. Surely the boys names are incorrect:

1 Chaim
2 Kameron
3 Isaia
4 Coy
5 Jakob
6 Garrick
7 Taurean
8 Kraig
9 Lazaro
10 Houston

For 1980????

utopian99 Sun 04-May-14 19:54:38

Love Isolde, Sybilla, Aphra.

Happy not to be obsessed over the English bit - the only thing driving that was ds' name is old English but most people actually think it's not of English origin at all...

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