I thought people might like to see, for fun, this list of names I have found in a text from the seventeenth-century titled 'An account of the rise, births, names, matches, children, and near allies of all the present chief princes of the world'. It's like a very old Times births list!
...From the Netherlands...
1. Eleonora-Magdalena-Teresa, Empress of Germany, born Jan. 6. 1655. 2. Ludovicus-Antonius, Greast Master of the Teutonick Order, born at Dusseldorp, July 9. 1660. 3. Carolus-Philippus. born Nov. 4. 1661: and married at Ber|lin, July 24. 168 to Louise Charlotta de Ratzeville; Lewis, Marquess of Brandenburg's Widow. 4. Alexander-Sigismundus, Dean of Ausburg, and President of the Chapter of Constance, born at Neuburg, Apr. 16. 1663. 5. Franciscus Ludovicus, born at Neuburg, July 24. 1664: and elected Bishop of Breslaw, Jan. 30. 1683. 6. Fredericus Gulielmus, born at Dusseldorp, July 20. 1665. 7 Maria-Sophia-Elizabetha, born Aug. 16. 1666: and married ann. 1687, to Peter King of Portugal. 8· Maria-Anna, born at Dusseldorp, Oct. 28. 1667, and affi|anc'd to Charles the Second King of Spain, Aug. 28. 1689, whose Queen she now is. 9. Philippus Gulielmus-Augustus, born Nov. 18. 1688. 10. Dorothea-Sophia, born July 12. 1670. 11 Hedewig-Elizabetha Amalia, born July 18. 1673. 12 Leopoldina Eleanora-Sophia, born May 27. 1679.
1. Maria-Teresa, Mademoiselle de Bourbon, born 1666. 2. Lewis de Bourbon, Duke D'Enghien born 1668. and married 1685. to Aloisia-Frances, Natural Daughter to the King of France by Madam de Montespan, who was born 1673. 3. Maria-Anna, Mademoiselle de Monmorency, born 1675. 4. Anna-Maria Victoria, Mademoiselle D'Enghien, born 1676. 5. Aloisia-Benedicta, Mademoiselle de Conde, born 1678.
1. Charlotta-Felicitas, born March 8. 1671. 2. Welhelmina-Amalia, born Apr. 26. 1673·
1. George-Lewis, born May 28. 1660. Who Nov. 1. 1682. Married Sophia-Dorothea, only Daughter to the Duke of Zel, by whom he has, (1.) George-Augustus, born Oct. 30. 1683. (2.) William-Ernestus, born, An. 1685. 2. Christian, born Sept. 29. 1671. 3. Ernestus-Augustus, born Sept. 17. 1674. 4. Sophia-Charlotta, born Octob. 20. 1668. and married to Fre|derick the Third, the present Elector of Brandenburg, Octob. 16. 1684. by whom he has had two Princes, but only one living, viz. Frederick-William, born Aug. 4. 1688.
I would like to see the Knights of the Round Table names coming back. Wouldn't it be brilliant to have a lot of little Bors and Bedeveres, Gawains and Galahads running around? I'm not starting the trend though.
100 years back we have a lot of biblical names like , Ezekial, Jebediah, and something that was shortened to Zeb. I love that stuff but can't possibly use it, we also have a Precious, again 100 years or so back. I know that isn't nearly as far back as you're looking, it just reminded me .
MadBusLady Tryphena Sparks was one of Thomas Hardy's friends. Maybe we should start adding Tryphena to name threads! There is a Greek male name Tryfonas so I assume there's an obscure saint of that name. Pelagia of course resurfaces in Captain Corelli's Mandolin!
StellaNova we considered Gawain for DS2 till DH pointed out it would be abbreviated to Garry or Wayne, neither of which we liked. However Lancelot was certainly in use in sixteenth century.