If you’re naming characters in Britain in the Middle Ages, this is the list for you! I got inspired to make it because I needed to research late medieval-era names for my new project. This might also be helpful if you’re writing a Renaissance or Tudor-era story, or a high fantasy with swords and sorcery.

MASTER LIST Medieval English NamesMy sources include battle histories, subsidy rolls, and A Dictionary of English Surnames. I also included just a few names from the King Arthur legends.

Masculine First Names

Richard

Roger

Dinadan

Alan

Aldred

Eluard

Arnold

Henry

Basil

Jocelyn

Cyr

Balin

George

Eliot

Frederick

Alexander

Percival

Anselm

Mark

David

Albert

Urian

Tristram

Paul

Berenger

Martin

Merek

Herman

Hildebrand

Edwin

Gilbert

Bliant

Bennet

Bryce

Castor

Giles

Gunter

Bernard

Arthur

Nigel

Lucan

Matthew

Noah

Lionel

Bartholomew

Bardolph

Barnabas

Bertram

Wolfstan

Hardwin

Hamond

Faramond

Herbert

Alisander

Michael

Milo

Jordan

Ulric

Galleron

Solomon

Sampson

Tobias

Charles

Diggory

Drogo

Hugh

Baudwin

Everard

Nicholas

Joseph

Leofwin

Amis

Ranulf

Fulke

Theobald

Rowan

Geoffrey

Gervase

Gerard

Godwin/Godwyn

Philip

Warin

Warner

Thomas

Brom

Hamon

Thurstan

Robert

Roland

Rolf

Walter

Laurence

Reginald

Aglovale

Sayer

Timm

Piers

Cerdic

Randel

Daniel

Denis

Elias

Gabriel

Hector

Humphrey

Gamel

Gregory

James

Jasper

Jeremy

Isaac

Ingram

Isembard

Manfred

Ives

William

Lucius

Wymond

Lambert

Blaise

Griffith

Mabon

Hubert

Gerald

Eustace

Aimery/Amaury/Emory

Adam

Adelard

Alphonse

Turstin

Guy

Peter

Osric

Ogier

Gareth

Maynard

Miles

Feminine First Names

Elaine

Sarah

Sela

Sigga

Susanna

Althea

Alma

Artemisia

Anne

Anais

Acelina

Aelina

Aldith

Audry

Augusta

Brangwine

Bridget

Genevieve

Guinevere

Catelin/Cateline

Caterina

Dionisia

Mary / Molly

Margaret/Margery

Martha

Elizabeth

Elysande

Cristina/Christina

Giselle

Regina

Richolda/Ricolda

Roana

Barbetta

Berta/Bertha

Clare/Clarice

Amelina

Cecily/Cicily

Edith

Elle

Juliana

Ivette

Adelina

Agnes

Alice/Alis

Alyson

Dameta

Paulina

Petronilla

Edeva

Eglenti

Evelune

Emeline/Emily

Emma

Joan

Johanna

Lavina/Lavena

Lena

Lovota

Lillian

Maud/Maude

Milicent/Milisant

Magdalen

Isabella/Isabeau

Caesaria

Douglas

Delia

Sapphira

Sophronia

Tephania

Theda

Thora

Odelina

Oliva

Orella

Venetia

Ysmeine/Ysmeina

Gracia

Gratia

Swanhild

Sybil

Mathild/Mathilde/Matilda

Ida

Ingerid/Ingerith

Isemay

Celestria

Constance

Eleanor

Amicia

Avina

Athelina

Eva

Gundred

Felicia

Floria

Isolda

Linota

Cassandra

Lucia

Helewise/Helewisa

Justina

Joyce

Joya

Nesta

Sabina

Gisela

Rosa

Rosamund

Evaine

Viviane

Laudine

Letia

Leticia

Legarda

Lia

Lunete

Florence

Gwendolen

Nicola

Blanche

Beatrice

Marie/Maria

Marion/Marian

Miriel/Muriel

Mirielda

Surnames 

These include patronyms, occupational names, and place names. You’ll probably want to Google whichever last name you choose to make sure that it makes sense for your character.

Achard

Ashdown

Baker

Baxter

Burrel

Capron

Carter

Custer

Draper

Danneville

Mason

Bouchard

Ballard

Bigge

Brooker

de Bethencourt

le Orphelin

de Logris

de Maris

Challenge

le Blanc

le Savage

de la Porte

de la Pole

Clarke

Cook/Cooke

Fletcher

Bosc

Brooker

Browne

Brickenden

Cecil

Capron

Challener

Griffen

Canouville

Beringar

de Lacy

Vaughan

Fitzroy

Forester

de Balon

Fuller

Dyer

Glanville

Hayward

de Servian

Courcy

d’Ambray

Gaveston

Bainard

Bellecote

Bertran

Hachet

Carpenter

Cooper

Foreman

Hughes

Duval

Vernon

Durville

Deschamps

Colleville

de Challon

de La Reue

Bauldry

Godart

Manners

de Ireby

Webber

Weaver

Nash

Auber

Ward

Wood

Guideville

Faintree

Willoughby

Saint-Germain

Payne

Renold

Rolfe

Cherbourg

de Coucy

Peveril

Lister

Parry

Hood

Medley

Mercer/Mercier

Hauville

le Roux

Tull/Tolle

Napier

Taylor

Teller

Saint-Clair

Lucy

Osmont/Osmond

Mallory

le Grant

Lamb

Latham

Burroughs

Nesdin

Harcourt

Alder

Atwood

de Montfort

of Warwick

Giffard

Becker

Paschal

Perroy

Lee/Lea

Brewer

Sawyer

Shepherd

Thibault

Wright

Barnes

Butler

Gurney

Gael

Gillian

Roger

Seller

Thorne

Basset

FitzAlan

Arundel

Bolam

Cardon

Chauncy

Darcy

Slater

Marshal

Martel

May

Noyers

Durandal

Prestcote

Godefroy

Rainecourt

Corbin

Cumin

Comyn

Cardonell

Perci

Picard

Clay

Wells

Evelyn

Faucon

Rames

Reviers

Mathan

Corbet

Court

Emory

Dumont

Saint-Leger

Vaux

Verdun

Cross

Hendry

Holland

Destain

Gilpin

Mallory

Parry

Tilly

Watteau

Holmes

la Mare

le Blanc

le Grant

le Conte

d’Albert

de La Roche

de Beauvais

Wilde

Crump

Campion

Beaumont

Parmenter

Papon

Hope

de Civille

Achard

Cambray

Chauncy

Fox

Ide

de Bethencourt

de Blays

Hawthorn

Duval

Dale

Mathan

Malet

Mortmain

Patris

Port

Drake

of Cleremont

of Benwick

Dean

de Erley

des Roches

Langdon

de la Haye

Lynom

Gary

Marchmain

Mortimer

Mowbray

de Ferrers

de Lorris

de Grey

Ford

Dodd

Raleigh

of Wichelsea

Grosseteste

FitzOsbern

de Grandmesnil

deWarenne

Writingham

Rowntree

Neuville

Graves

 

This list is more nicely organized in my book Master Lists for Writers, coming out October 26, 2015. It also includes a new list of Viking-era names, WWII-era names, and names from the American Wild West, along with all kinds of lists to help with plotting, description, setting, and character development. Follow my blog if you want to stay updated — the buttons are at the top right of this page.

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