Monday, January 19, 2015

First names in parish books

I had similar blog post (web page) on my old website. As I think this overview is quite useful, I decided to add it to this blog as a specific post. So - how did the names look like in registries? Here is a selection of most common first names as I collected them few years ago for my Czech personal genealogical website. It shows names in three different time periods and two or three different writing styles.
Name
pre 1750
1750-1784
after 1784
Alžběta
Elisabetha
Anežka
Agnes
Anna
Antonín
Antonius
Bartoloměj
Bartholomaus
František
Franciscus
Jakub
Jacobus
Jan
Joannes
Jiří
Georgius
Josef
Josephus
Kateřina
Catharina
Marie
Maria
Matěj
Mathias
Matouš
Mathaus
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Ondřej
Andreas
Pavel
Paulus
Václav
Wenceslaus
Vavřinec
Laurentius
Vojtěch
Adalbertus
Voršila
Ursula
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18 comments:

  1. OM! This is FANTASTIC! Bob was also in awe over this. This was one of my possible retirement projects, but you freed me! :) But of course we can now collect additional ones and add to it, somehow.

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    1. I had this one on my own website, but it doesn't work anymore - so I decided to publish it at least here. I'll try to add more names, any suggestions are welcomed. :)

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  2. Nice post :-) How about Dorota, Barbora, Petr or Karel?

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    1. Will take a look on them and add them. :)

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  3. Good post! How about Ludmila or your name Blanka? Judy from Canada

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    1. Will add Ludmila - but my name wasn't common in the past (well, I think I haven't seen anyone baptised with this name before 1900). :)

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    2. Thanks very much! I greatly appreciate your help. Judy from Canada

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  4. That's a great resource. Definitely like the 1750 handwriting best! The more modern stuff just looks like lines. :)

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  5. My great grandfather was born Jan Nep. Valter near Milevsko in South Bohemia. Do you know what the Nep. might mean? Thanks Barb in Cleveland Ohio

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    1. Nep. stands for Nepomucký - Jan Nepomucký (John of Nepomuk) is Czech saint, see more here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_of_Nepomuk

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    2. I also have a couple of ancestors with the name of Jan Nepomucky. Would Nepomucky be their middle name? I was told that it was only written in the register and never used, is that so? Thank you for this great blog!

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  6. Would you consider a posting on Czech nicknames? An ancestor named Terezie signed her name as Terezyze; is that a common nickname? What about Hynek?

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  7. Blanka, it would be nice to see the same graphical comparison for occupations. Many thanks in advance :-)

    http://czechgenealogy.nase-koreny.cz/2012/12/occupation-dictionary-updated.html

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  8. I would also be grateful for a blog about nicknames. Are Matunka, Maruska and Marenka nicknames for Marie? Tonda for Anton? Milka for Miloslava? Mila for Miloslav?Honzik/Honza for Jan? Vasa for Vaclav? Franta for Frantisek? Pepik for Josef? Thanks in advance

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  9. My name is actually Sandy, but Skully is a name that was on my Google account!! I wanted to say thank you again Blanka. I am using the Actipublica records right now, and some of the names are undecipherable!!

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  10. Your posts regarding kurrent script and naming conventions have been so useful! I am, however, encountering a problem reading the first name of an ancestor. To me, it looks like it could be "bomthol" in kurrent script....or something - but whatever it is, it doesn't look like a first name to me. Oddly, this same name appears on 2 other records of my ancestors' children - one another boy, one another girl - 2 years and 4 years before. I can't imagine what it is. I'm fairly certain these are my ancestors, because the parents' names are the names of a generation I have already established and because they are living in the same house, etc.; I'm also fairly certain that one ancestor is eventually called Anton (because the birth year lines up with his later marriage record). Any ideas what this unidentifiable "name" could be on the birth records? Is it a placeholder?

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  11. It is possibly Barthol?? Short for Bartholomew. I see it a lot in my research.

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