There are 197 Medieval names for baby boys.
The Middles Ages is a period in European history that lasted from the fifth century A.D. with the fall of the Roman empire, to the fifteenth century A.D. where it overlapped with the dawning of the European Renaissance period. Many medieval names have Norman or Germanic origins due to the common practice of inter-marriage among the European royal families. Biblical names were also popular in medieval times; names like Andrew, Gabriel and James were commonplace given the Christianization of Europe in the early middle ages. Medieval names are also inspired by descriptions of nature or names of places, for instance, Ackerley, which means "from the oak tree meadow". In addition, medieval names also alluded to desirable qualities, particularly wisdom and virtue. Examples are Quinn, which means wise; and William which means resolute protector.
Medieval names are all-time favorites. Currently they are still very popular baby names for boys, though they were in more widespread use previously. At the height of their usage in 1952, 33.710% of baby boys were given Medieval names. There were 92 Medieval names ranked within the top 1000 baby names then. Medieval names have since experienced a decline in frequency, but in recent years they are nonetheless of very heavy use. In 2015, 77 Medieval names listed among the top 1000, with a combined usage of 11.802%. Within all Medieval names, the Dutch, English, German, Hungarian, and Slavic Alexander was the most popular, with a ranking of #8 and a usage of 0.7134%.
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|Akash|| sky ... in reference to the medieval science matter that ... |
|Alan|| little rock; harmony, peace ... fairly popular in medieval times, but it later saw ... |
|Alaric|| ruler of all; noble ruler; heritage, ... during the Gothic and medieval revival of the 19th ... |
|Alban|| man from Alba; the Albanian ... name was popular in medieval times, and then it fell ... |
|Alexander|| defender of men ... of his life in the medieval 'Alexander romances', ... |
|Alfred|| inspired advice; old peace ... a revival among other medieval names in the 19th ... |
|Alice|| of a noble kind ...Alix (Medieval French) is an older form of Alice ... |
|Aloysius|| fame, loud; fighter, warrior ... was commonly used in medieval Italy, and was borne by ... |
|Alvin|| elf friend; noble friend ... medieval forms were not particulary popular, until ... |
|Amerigo|| work; rich, powerful, ruler ... an early medieval Italian byform of Heinrich ... |
|Amyas|| friendship; beloved ... could be from the medieval Amis (Latin), a male form ... |
|Anker|| harvest worker; eagle man; anchor; ...It has been used since the medieval period. ... |
|Aodh|| fire, brightness, splendor ... as Hugh from the medieval period, and more ... |
|Arye|| lion ... was popular in medieval Europe when 'animal' names ... |
|Augustine|| august, dignified, holy ... was thus popular among medieval Christians, and it saw ... |
|Austin|| august, dignified, holy ... developed as a medieval short form of the Roman ... |
|Aylmer|| nobly famous ... during the vogue for medieval names. ... |
|Baldric|| bold ruler, brave ruler ... dropped off after the medieval period, and in recent ... |
|Baldwin|| bold friend, brave friend ... ruling families in medieval times and was used as a ... |
|Barnaby|| son of consolation, son of exhortation, ... first developed as a medieval English form of ... |