“Medieval Multiculturalism: The Evidence From Names”

The editorial staff of the DMNES are pleased to announce that their proposal for a thematic section of the journal Onoma has been accepted. The theme of Onoma 50 will be “Medieval Multiculturalism: The Evidence From Names”:

Many people view the populations of the Middle Ages as relatively static, with most people never going more than a handful of miles from where they were born, and only those of high status and standing traveling any great distance. One consequence of such a view is the perception of medieval cultures as mono-cultural and consisting of relatively homogeneous peoples.

Records of personal names provide a large body of evidence for a more complex cultural situation, contrary to the simplified view outlined above. The study of names can provide surprising insights into the multiculturalism and motility of medieval peoples, especially as this evidence is often overlooked by historians.

Topics of interest include (but are not limited to):

  • The names of foreigners recorded in vernacular languages not their own.
  • The evidence of locative bynames for travel and migration.
  • Mixed-language names.
  • Persons with multiple locative bynames.
  • The eclipse of “native” names by “Christian” names during the 11th-12th C.
  • The evidence from placenames.

Further information about how, what, and when to submit papers for this thematic session will be posted when available.

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