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This is a study of names given to children born in England between 1538 and 1700. Drawing on statistical data from forty English parishes, Scott looks at the most commonly used names, how children came to be given these names, why they were often named after their godparents and parents, and how social status affected the names chosen.
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Scott Smith-Bannister is a Head of History Department at Papplewick School, Ascot.Review:
"[An] excellent work....Smith-Bannister's carefully crafted and closely reasoned study of English names is a welcome addition to our knowledge."--Albion
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Book Description Oxford University Press, United Kingdom, 1997. Hardback. Condition: New. Language: English. Brand new Book. This book contains the results of the first large-scale quantitative investigation of naming practices in early modern England. Scott Smith-Bannister traces the history of the fundamentally significant human act of naming one's children during a period of great economic, social, and religious upheaval. Using in part the huge pool of names accumulated by the Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social Structures, he sets out to show which names were mostcommonly used, how children came to be given these names, why they were named after godparents, parents, siblings, or saints, and how social status affected naming patterns. The chief historical significance of this research lies in the discovery of a substantial shift in naming practices in this period: away from medieval patterns of naming a child after a godparent and towards naming them after a parent. In establishing the chronology of how parents came to exercise greater choice in naming their children and over the nature of naming practices, it successfully supersedes previous scholarship on this subject. Resolutely statistical and rich in anecdote, DrSmith-Bannister's exploration of this deeply revealing subject will have far-reaching implications for the history of the English family and culture. Seller Inventory # LHB9780198206637
Book Description Clarendon Press, 1997. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0198206631
Book Description OUP Oxford, 2017. Paperback. Condition: New. PRINT ON DEMAND Book; New; Publication Year 2017; Fast Shipping from the UK. No. book. Seller Inventory # ria9780198206637_lsuk
Book Description Oxford University Press, USA, 1997. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0198206631
Book Description OUP Oxford 1997-07-10, 1997. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # 6666-ING-9780198206637