THE ANTHROPONYMY OF NORTHERN RUTHENIA
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This article sets as its goal the inventorization, classification and etymology of personal names from appellatives attested in the registers of the Solovetsky monastery during the years 1479-1584. The Old East Slavic nickname served to individualize a person, at the same time expressing his appellative characteristic. Serving as the main basis for creating nicknames were common nouns with a concrete meaning. Unlike contemporary nicknames, which occupy a peripheral position in the anthroponymic system, Old East Slavic nicknames, along with other formations from appellatives, comprised a rightful component of persons' official names. The names studied existed in a specific linguistic territory. The Russian colonization of the shores of the White Sea ended in the 15th century. This territory was originally inhabited by a populace of Finno-Ugric origin. Numerous borrowings from the Finno-Ugric languages prompted the origin of nicknames. In addition many of the formations analyzed found a basis in the Novgorod dialect.
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