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date: 22 January 2020

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This chapter contains a diachronic overview of the development of name bestowing and the stock of given names (often known as first names) in Europe in the Roman–Judaic–Christian tradition, amongst what can be termed the European naming systems. One aim is to focus more on the similarities than on the differences between the local systems. The features of some pre-Christian naming systems are also included, especially of the Germanic names. Some important characteristics of given names for each historical era are presented, as are major changes in name stocks and sources for the more important influences and trends. Reasons for name-giving and name choosing strategies at different times are also discussed.

Keywords: anthroponyms, Europe, first names, given names, historic developments, name choice, name-giving

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