Human Names with a Historical Flavor

The tables on this page are for Human names with the (approximate) flavor of particular real-world historical cultures.   You’ll find the following tables:

  • First Names – Old English-esque
  • First Names – Medieval English and Celtic-esque
  • First Names – Nordic-esque
  • First Names – Sanskrit-esque
  • Medieval English Surnames – Trade-related
  • Medieval Surnames – Locality-related
First Names – Old English-esque
Roll 1d, 1d for the first name element. (Need a die roller?)  You can choose any in the indicated row.  Then roll again for a second element.

1 1 Alf, aelf, alfr, alef, alth
2 Aethel, al, adal, ayl, ethel
3 Ard, arth, arw
4 Beald, bald, bal
5 Bard, bred, brean
6 Bed, ben, bel
2 1 Bert, beraht, beorht, bright
2 Brun, burn, brin, brid
3 Burh, bur, burg, borrow
4 Cwen, quen, c
5 Dar
6 Ed, ead, eald, ald, est, east
3 1 Flead, fled
2 Frea, fre, frew, Frith
3 Gar, ger, god, gaw
4 Here, her, heri
5 Hug, hugu, hild
6 Ken, kin
4 1 Lam, lan, lin,
2 Lea, liffe leof, lef, leav, lew,
3 Lee, ley, leah life, liff,, loe
4 Lilley, lili, lit
5 May, maer, mar, mer, more
6 Mil, mund, munt
5 1 Os, Oli
2 Rad, red, raed, rath
3 Ric, rich
4 Rod, hrud, hreod
5 Sig, sieg
6 Stan, ston
6 1 Trum, trun
2 Ulf, ulfr, olf, olph, wulf
3 Wald, walt, Ward, weard, wart
4 What Whit Wig
5 Win, wine, wyn
6 Yon, yong
First Names – Medieval English and Celtic-esque
Roll 1d, 1d.  (Need a die roller?)  You can choose any name in the indicated row.

13th Century English             Celtic
Female Male Female Male
1-3 1 Agnes Adam Amena Áed
2 Beatrice Henry Antha Óengus
3 Isabella John Birkita Ailill
4 Margery Richard Brietta Fergus
5 Alice Simon Dacey Eochaid
6 Cecily William Galena Lugaid
4-6 1 Joan Geoffrey Glenda Domnall
2 Matilda Hugh Kennis Conall
3 Avice Peter Kyna Cormac
4 Emma Robert Lynette Fland, Flann
5 Juliana Thomas Mavis Cellach
6 Rohesia Gilbert Morgance Éogan
First Names – Nordic-esque
Roll 1d, 1d.  (Need a die roller?)  You can choose any name in the indicated row.

Female Names Male Names
1-2 1 Arnora Kolfinna Ake Floki Hove Odd Thord
1-2 2 Ase Kolgrima Anwend Fridrek Hrafn Oddketil Thorfinn
1-2 3 Astrid Odindisa Asbjorn Frobjorn Hrolf Olaf Thorgeir
1-2 4 Aud Ragnhild Aslak Frodi Hrollaug Olav Thorgils
1-2 5 Estrid Rjupa Asgot Gamli Illugi Orm Thorhall
1-2 6 Fastvi Sigrid Asser Gardi Ingjald Pallig Thorir
3-4 1 Freydis Thjodhild Asvald Geirstein Ingolf Ragnar Thorkel
3-4 2 Grimhild Thora Asved Grim Isleif Rognvald Thorlak
3-4 3 Groa Thorbjorg Bjarni Gudmund Ivar Rolf Thormod
3-4 4 Gudrid Thorgerd Bjorn Gunnbjorn Jarlabanke Runolf Thorstein
3-4 5 Gudrun Thorgunna Brand Gunnvor Ketil Sakse Thorvald
3-4 6 Gunborga Thorunn Brandr Hafgrim Kjallakr Samr Thorvard
5-6 1 Gunhild Thurid Cnut Hakon Kjeld Solvi Toste
5-6 2 Halldis Thyre Einar Halfdan Knud Styr Tyrkir
5-6 3 Hallfrid Tola Ejulf Hallad Kolbjorn Svein Ulf
5-6 4 Hallveig Tove Erik/Eirik Harald Leif Svend Valthjof
5-6 5 Hekja Viborg Eyjolf Helgi Manne Thorbjorn Vifil
5-6 6 Jorunn Yngvild Finnbogi Herjolf Njal, Njall Thorbrand Wulfstan
First Names – Sanskrit-esque
Roll 1d, 1d.  (Need a die roller?)  You can choose any name in the indicated row.

Female Male
1-3 1 Aanandinii Saraswati Aadi Giri
1-3 2 Agrata Sarisha Aadinath Girik
1-3 3 Aishani Saroja Alok Himadri
1-3 4 Aslesha Smita Ambar Jahnu
1-3 5 Dhana Damayanti Bankim Jai
1-3 6 Dulari Tanushri Brajesh Mukesh
4-6 1 Himadri Usha Chatur Prem
4-6 2 Jyoti Swara Daiwik Somu
4-6 3 Jyotsana Subhashini Daksha Somnath
4-6 4 Radha Sushma Devdan Tejas
4-6 5 Rohana Kumari Ekaksh Uttam
4-6 6 Sanya Leela Ekdant Vimal
Medieval English Surnames – Trade-related
Roll 1d, 1d.  (Need a die roller?)  You can choose any name in the indicated row.

1 1 Alewife Aguilar Alderman Dayman Daymond Deacon Maidman Malter
2 Ambler Archer Arkwright Deathridge Demmer Dempster Mangold Marbler
3 Ashburner Ashman Aurifaber Diver Draper Drapper Marner Marshall
4 Ayler Bacchus Bachelor Drawer Dray Dring Massinger Masters
5 Backer Bacon Bailey Driver Dyer Earl Mayer Mercer
6 Baker Ballester Balmer Earle Ewer Faber Messenger Mew
2 1 Banister Bannerman Barber Falconar Falconer Falder Miller Millman
2 Barker Baron Barrell Falkner Farman Farmer Milner Minter
3 Barter Baxter Bayliss Farrar Farrier Faulkner Monger Monk
4 Boot Boote Boothman Fletcher Flinter Floater Page Paget
5 Botwright Boucher Boulter Flower Footman Foreman Painter Pakeman
6 Bourchier Bowerman Bowler Forest Forester Forestier Palmer Paniers
3 1 Bowmaker Bowman Bowring Forster Fournier Fowler Panther Pape
2 Butler Butner Butters Gilder Gilroy Ginger Pilcher Pillinger
3 Canter Caperon Capon Gravenor Greensmith Grieve Plumer Plummer
4 Capper Card Carder Groom Groser Grosvenor Porter Pothecary
5 Carpenter Carter Cartwright Grunsell Guild Hacker Pottinger Poulter
6 Carver Catchpole Cater Hansard Harper Hawker Prince Prior
4 1 Chaplin Chapman Chase Hotter Hucker Hunt Ratter Reader
2 Chaucer Chauncellor Chaundler Hunter Husband Hussey Reeve Renner
3 Cheator Cheese Cheeseman Inman Iremonger Jagger Retter Rider
4 Shuttle Sievewright Sievwright Spindler Spooner Spurrier Tasker Taverner
5 Silk Silver Silversmith Squier Squiers Squires Timberman Tinker
6 Simister Singer Sixsmith Stainer Steadman Stearman Tisser Tisserand
5 1 Sizer Skinner Slater Steel Steele Steward Toller Tolman
2 Snider Sniders Soper Sumner Surgeon Sutler Tripe Trippe
3 Spence Spencer Spender Swingler Tabberner Taberer Trist Trouncer
4 Spice Spicer Spier Tanner Taper Tapper Tubman Tucker
5 Vicar Vicars Vickers Waghorn Waghorne Wagstaff Warde Warden
6 Vickery Vinter Voller Wagstaffe Wain Waine Warner Warrender
6 1 Mangall Mills Pardner Redman Toner
2 Marchant Molyneaux Pinder Restler Tripper
3 Mason Mower Porcher Ridler Trumper
4 Mather Paige Potter Taylor Tuckerman
5 Merchant Pallister Priest Tinkler Warman
6 Meystre Panter Procter Todhunter Warrener
Medieval Surnames – Locality-related
Roll 1d, 1d.  (Need a die roller?)  You can choose any name in the indicated row.

1-2 1 A’court Acum Adeane Chapel Chappel Dash Stather Vine
2 Adrain Agate Agutter Cottam Court Delafield Streeter Welles
3 Aldren Allaun Applegarth Damerall Damerell Denman Towers Whitney
4 Applegate Applin Armitage Dashwood Deller Fell Underhill Willen
5 Arram Ashmead Attley DeLaMere East Fielding Vale Woods
6 Atterbury Atthill Attwick Delbridge Fielder Flatman Welham
3-4 1 Attridge Attwell Atyeo Dubois Flashman Gardham West
2 Attwood Atwater Banfield Fenner Forder Grover Wicker
3 Bail Bampfylde Banks Flasher Greaves Hatcher Wood
4 Banker Bankes Bencroft Ford Haslam Hilder Stickler
5 Barrow Barry Binks Gatehouse Headlam Holman Toner
6 Biddick Biddulph Bollom Hall Hinton Kelham Townsend
5-6 1 Binns Bolam Bowley Hayes Jardine Lakeman Underwood
2 Boosey Bootham Bridge Hillam Kirke Legh Waller
3 Bradnam Bratcher Bullpen Hotham Lea Statham Wellman
4 Brook Brooker Bythesea Kirk Chalk Stokes Wicken
5 Byrom Bysouth Bywood Lascelles Churchfield Topper Willows
6 Bytheway Bywater Capel Castle Dale Troake Wylam