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So, I haven't been doing very much involving sewing lately, but I thought I should share what I have been up to - I've been sucked into SCAdian heraldry, which doesn't just deal with shields and heraldic display, but also covers names.


And it's me, so of course I have to go find all the interesting names:



Next up (hopefully) will be a list of names from Riga...
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A review of the archaeological evidence for food plants from the British Isles: an example of the use of the Archaeobotanical Computer Database (ABCD)
Philippa Tomlinson and Allan R. Hall

The database itself seems to be at the bottom of the page.

And for name-geeks, Norwegian Farm Names from the Diplomatarium Norvegicum, as well as a generally useful searchable database of the documents.

(There is also a database of place names, with no apparent details about when they are from. Which is a shame, because there are some fantastic-sounding names in there.)
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Must not go mad while I transliterate the Cyrillic alphabet (Old Ruthenian! Woo!) into Latin alphabet, into Lithuanian into English.

It will be worth it in the end. I have 20 dated names of Lithuanan Tartar women (although a lot look like repeats), and so far they're all very pretty. The reason why there's an extra step of Lithuanian in there is because the article I'm using is in Lithuanian so I'm checking my translation to theirs.

Айшу to Ayshu to Aišą to Ai[sh][aa] from the Lithuanian Metrika, 1522-1530
(Yes, I'm transliterating into Revised English. I'm mostly self-taught and Babelfish was my teacher.)

Article I'm looking at:
Jūratė Čirūnaitė “XVI-XVII a. Lietuvos Totorių Moterų Įvardijmo BūdaiLituanistica 2004 T. 29 Nr. 3 pp.71-93

Edit: found the link, and another article which might be useful:

Čirūnaitė, Jūratė (1981). "Lietuvos totorių pavardžių formavimasis XV–XVII a. (The Formation Of Tatar Naming Practices in Lithuania in the 15th–17th centuries)" (pdf). Baltistica 36 (2): 299-306.

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