Masc./fem. name pairs in the 1427 Catasto of Florence

We’ll kick things off this month by looking at a very focused data set, the Online Catasto of Florence of 1427, edited by David Herlihy, Christiane Klapisch-Zuber, R. Burr Litchfield and Anthony Molho.

748 distinct masculine names and 255 distinct feminine names were recorded in the Catasto. The following 123 pairs of names from the Catasto show that there was widespread feminization of masculine names, both common and uncommon ones; 29% of the masculine names have a corresponding feminine form, while 48% of the feminine names are feminized forms of masculine names. The feminized forms show a fairly distinct pattern: In general, masculine terminal -o and -i changed to -a, and terminal -e and -a remained unchanged. There are few exceptions to this pattern.

In constructing this list, we considered only direct matches (e.g., ones where the only difference between the masculine and the feminine forms was the final vowel), with the exception of the pairs Agabito/Agabitta and Camillo/Cammilla. This means that feminine names that are feminization of diminutives that do not show up in the Catasto are not listed, nor are spelling variants, unless the variant occurs in both the men’s and the women’s names. As a result, this data underestimates the amount of pairs.

Masculine Number Feminine Number
Agabito 1 Agabitta 1
Agnesa 1 Agnesa 1
Agnolo 86 Agnola 26
Alamanno 5 Alamanna 1
Aldighieri 1 Aldighiera 1
Alessandro 11 Alessandra 3
Andrea 206 Andrea 206
Andreolo 1 Andreola 1
Antonio 661 Antonia 84
Apollonio 5 Apollonia 15
Banco 5 Banca 2
Bartolo 72 Bartola 5
Bartolomeo 290 Bartolomea 46
Bello 1 Bella 5
Bene 2 Bene 1
Benedetto 70 Benedetta 6
Benevenuto 1 Benvenuta 2
Bernardo 132 Bernarda 5
Bertino 4 Bertina 1
Betto 18 Betta 17
Bettino 10 Bettina 1
Biagio 43 Biagia 5
Biondo 2 Bionda 2
Buono 14 Buona 6
Camillo 1 Camilla 1
Camillo 1 Cammilla 1
Cecco 38 Cecca 43
Chiaro 5 Chiara 3
Ciano 1 Ciana 1
Ciulo 1 Ciula 1
Corradino 1 Corradina 1
Cristofano 91 Cristofana 6
Deo 3 Dea 2
Domenico 234 Domenica 13
Dono 2 Dona 1
Donato 37 Donata 1
Donnino 6 Donnina 1
Dore 1 Dora 1</td
Duccio 11 Duccia 1
Feo 5 Fea 4
Felice 6 Felice 6
Filippo 134 Filippa 21
Fino 1 Fina 1
Fiore 1 Fiore 10
Franco 5 Franca 1
Francesco 390 Francesca 34
Franchino 1 Franchina 1
Frosino 30 Frosina 1
Gentile 7 Gentile 1
Geri 14 Gera 2
Gherardo 26 Gherarda 2
Giano 5 Giana 1
Giannotto 2 Gianotta 1
Gilio 2 Gilia 1
Giovanni 739 Giovanna 39
Girolama 12 Girolama 1
Gostanzo 1 Gostanza 19
Grazia 3 Grazia 1
Guglielmino 2 Gugliemina 1
Guido 47 Guida 4
Iacopo 329 Iacopa 15
Lapo 17 Lapa 8
Lapaccio 3 Lapaccia 3
Leonardo 82 Leonarda 12
Lippo 8 Lippa 1
Lisa 1 Lisa 45
Lore 1 Lora 2
Lorenzo 216 Lorenza 12
Lotto 13 Lotta 1
Lottieri 2 Lottiera 2
Luca 82 Luca 4
Lucio 1 Lucia 14
Manetto 9 Manetta 1
Mariano 20 Marianna 1
Maruccio 1 Maruccia 1
Maso 44 Masa 4
Matteo 136 Mattea 28
Mea 2 Mea 30
Michelino 2 Michelina 1
Migliore 5 Migliore 3
Mino 3 Mina 1
Naldino 1 Naldina 1
Nanni 92 Nanna 51
Nardo 25 Narda 1
Nastagio 2 Nastagia 3
Nencio 10 Nencia 4
Neri 37 Nera 5
Neso 1 Nese 2
Niccolo 259 Niccola 1
Nigi 4 Nigia 1
Nofri 24 Nofra 6
Nuto 5 Nuta 1
Nutino 1 Nutina 1
Onesto 1 Onesta 1
Orso 2 Orsa 1
Orsino 2 Orsina 1
Pace 9 Pace 2
Pagolo 132 Pagola 10
Papero 1 Papera 14
Papino 2 Papina 1
Piccardo 1 Piccarda 1
Piero 391 Piera 53
Pippo 23 Pippa 19
Ricco 6 Ricca 1
Riccardo 9 Riccarda 1
Rosso 6 Rossa 1
Salvestro 47 Salvestra 4
Sandro 40 Sandra 19
Santi 23 Santa 5
Simone 132 Simona 18
Stefano 69 Stefana 2
Taddeo 33 Taddea 14
Tedesco 1 Tedesca 1
Tommaso 138 Tommasa 19
Tone 2 Tona 1
Toro 1 Tora 1
Ulivo 2 Uliva 2
Vaggio 1 Vaggia 6
Vangelista 2 Vangelista 2
Vanni 20 Vanna 5
Verdiano 1 Verdiana 1
Vettorio 6 Vettoria 1
Zanobi 88 Zanobia 20
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