IMIONA NADAWANE W PARAFII MIEJSKIEJ W RESZLU W LATACH 1579–1604
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NAMES GIVEN IN THE TOWN PARISH OF RESZEL 1579–1604 In this work, a collection of given names from the region of Warmia is presented. The material used as a basis is the baptismal registry of the parish of Reszel covering the years 1579–1653. The article’s goal was to present the repertoire of names given in the years 1579–1605 in the parish of Reszel, as well as their frequency, and study as to whether the choice of names for children was influenced by the names of their parents and/or godparents, as well as any linguistic traits the excerpted names possessed. Among the names excerpted, 61 were masculine and 32 were feminine (not counting variants). Noteworthy is the fact that there are about half as many feminine names as masculine. The influence of the parents’ names on those of their children was small (7%); names of godparents played a somewhat larger role (13%). Among both masculine and feminine names, those beginning with consonants predominated. As for endings, no masculine names were noted that ended with vowels, whereas final vowels predominated among the feminine names.
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