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‘Ye Shall Know Them by Their Names’: Names and Identity among the Irish and the English

Paul Russell

in Anglo-Saxon/Irish Relations before the Vikings

Published by British Academy

Published in print December 2009 | ISBN: 9780197264508
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734120 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5871/bacad/9780197264508.003.0005

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

‘Ye Shall Know Them by Their Names’: Names and Identity among the Irish and the English

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This chapter aims to address several questions concerning the identification of Irishmen in England in the period before the arrival of the Vikings. It focuses on the onosmatic aspects of the questions and investigates the inter-related questions about the distinctiveness of Old Irish personal names. The chapter attempts to develop a method for tracking down Irishmen who do not have obviously Irish names.

Keywords: Irishmen; England; Vikings; onosmatic; Old Irish names; Irish personal names

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Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500)

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