2021 was a long year. While everyone here at DMNES central has so far weathered the pandemic unscathed, much of our energy has been dedicated to simply surviving, with not much left for working on this project.
Nevertheless, we published our 2021 edition last night, with new entries and new citations across old entries. For once, we finalised more entries for feminine names than for masculine names!
New masculine names
Semperbella “always beautiful” and Semperbona “always good” definitely win the prize for “prettiest names of the edition”!
This brings us to a total of 941 entries for feminine names, 1665 entries for masculine names, 3 three for names of unknown gender, and across those entries, we have 78094 citations!
In the last two weeks or so, you may have occasionally gotten a 500 internal server error when attempting to access dmnes.org; our technical guru has identified the cause of this, and it is a bug in the newest version of Python, i.e., something beyond our control. He is confident that the bug will be fixed and a patch released in the next few weeks, at which point he can upgrade the webserver to the latest version and the access problems will go away.
Filed under announcements, technical
Tagged as Ansgil, Balsama, Bernwis, Celsa, Celso, Odelgar, Sempberbona, Semperbella, Theodwalda, Volkleib, Volknand, Volkwich, Warnburg, Warnhild, Warntrude, Wigrad
With about 40 minutes to spare, we did manage to get a new edition out in 2020!
2020 was a tough year for everyone, and things have been alternating really quiet and super productive here at DMNES central. If there’s one thing that was a pure, unalloyed joy and benefit of the upheaval of the pandemic, it was joining Mt. Holyoke’s internship scheme which facilitated the joining of four interns on our staff over summer, with one continuing on through the fall term as well. Much of what’s in this new edition — new names, new citations, updated info on Biblical and literary forms — is due to their hard work; and while some of their other work isn’t yet reflected in published editions, it’s laid the foundations for some exciting projects in the future.
So, on to some stats! The new edition has 2592 entries, with 77,248 citations distributed across those entries. (The entry with the most citations remains John, 4533 citations! That’s nearly 6% of all citations in the Dictionary in that single entry.) (Hah, as I was writing this up, our technical guru asked whether the numbers for Mary were comparable. I laughed, and said “no way, that name was never as popular, and he wanted to know the details. So: we have 832 citations for Mary, accounting for 1% of our data. Compare this to three other popular feminine names — Katherine, with 775 citations; Elizabeth, with 1159; and Margaret, with 1281 citations.)
This edition has a total of 931 distinct feminine names, 1658 masculine names, and 3 where the gender is uncertain. Of these, 44 of the feminine entries are new to this edition:
And there’s 98 new masculine names in this edition:
May your 2021 be filled with wonderful names! (Like Bertbert. Bertbert is such a great name.)
Filed under announcements, publications
Tagged as Adald, Adebert, Adegrim, Agtrude, Aitfrid, Albina, Aldebert, Amaro, Andger, Ansilde, Arner, Arno, Aurofina, Austrulf, Bago, Baldrad, Baldwald, Baltrude, Bellabona, Benenat, Benenata, Benno, Berna, Bernswith, Bernulf, Bernwara, Bertbert, Bertlinde, Bertmar, Bertram-Robert, Bertrick, Bodo, Bonald, Charles-Emmanuel, Cuthred, Dadmar, Daghard, Desideria, Dodbert, Dominic-Amicus, Dominilde, Drutrich, Durande, Dutberta, Eckbald, Elizabeth, Erchambert, Ermenald, Ermenalda, Ermo, Everald, Folobert, Fortuna, Fortune, Fredebald, Gardulf, Gardwin, Gelbald, Gendrada, Gerhar, Gislold, Godberg, Gordian, Grimberg, Gundberg, Hartnich, Heilsinde, Helmger, Helmwich, Helmwin, Herger, Hildegrim, Hundolf, Hungrim, Isenbald, Isenbern, Isengrim, John, John-Andrew, John-Angel, John-Charles, John-Peter, Lantgrim, Lautrude, Lea, Lefhild, Liberat, Liebizo, Liutgard, Liutrad, Liutwarde, Lodbald, Lodberta, Lodwin, Madaler, Madalgarde, Madalrich, Maga, Maira, Marcrad, Marcrich, Margaret, Mary, Meinfrida, Merard, Merberta, Merbod, Nantwin, Norwin, Noto, Novella, Odelrad, Odelrada, Otbald, Oteria, Otgisl, Othilde, Otrad, Percipia, Peter-Andrew, Polemia, Polydorus, Radger, Radwise, Reinrich, Richbert, Richbod, Richsind, Rolande, Rother, Sighilde, Sigwald, Sinbald, Sinbert, Theodeger, Waldemar, Waldemund, Warntrude, Wendelbald, Wendelbalda, Wilbald, Wildrad, Wineger, Witbert, Witrich, Zenobia