IMC 2015: Sessions

Session 113: Personal Names and Social Identities in the Early Middle Ages

Monday 6 July 2015, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Research Group 'Nomen et Gens'
Organiser:Steffen Patzold, Seminar für Mittelalterliche Geschichte, Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen
Moderator/Chair:Steffen Patzold, Seminar für Mittelalterliche Geschichte, Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen
Paper 113-aLocal Identities: Names and Documents in the Early Middle Ages
(Language: English)
Daniela Fruscione, Institut für Rechtsgeschichte, Goethe-Universität, Frankfurt am Main
Index terms: Language and Literature - German, Social History
Paper 113-bLinguistic Assimilation and Hybridisation of Germanic Personal Names in 9th-Century Île-de France
(Language: English)
Wolfgang Haubrichs, Fachbereich Germanistik, Universität des Saarlandes, Saarbrücken
Index terms: Language and Literature - German, Social History
Paper 113-cThe Motives for Name Giving in 9th-Century Île-de-France: A Comparison of Different Social Groups
(Language: English)
Hans-Werner Goetz, Historisches Seminar, Universität Hamburg
Index terms: Language and Literature - German, Social History
Abstract

During the early Middle Ages personal names were important indicators of social status, and the act of naming reflected identities of the respective social group. Thus by analysing personal names, processes such as linguistic assimilation and hybridisation as well as social strategies of distinction and identificaton can be observed. In the session members of the interdisciplinary research group ‘Nomen et Gens’ discuss the complex interrelations between names, naming, status and identities: Philologists and historians focus on case studies from early medieval lombard Italy and 9th century Ile-de-France. Their papers are based on charter material and the polyptychon of the monastery of Saint-Germain-des-Prés.