Antroponimy and ethnicity in the Middle Age Transylvania (The angevin period) Cover Image

Antroponimie şi etnie în Transilvania medievală (Epoca angevină)
Antroponimy and ethnicity in the Middle Age Transylvania (The angevin period)

Author(s): Adinel C. Dincă
Subject(s): History
Published by: Editura Academiei Române
Keywords: Medieval Transylvania; Anthroponomy; Ethnicity

Summary/Abstract: The present study aims to determine and circumscribe the main research directions to be followed in the study of proper names of the Romanian and Saxon settlers before 1400 in Transylvania, with a special regard on isolating the specific anthroponomical elements, the analysis criteria and the limits of such an approach. Current studies dedicated to the Saxon and Romanian anthroponomical funds have been focused on the family names of higher class individuals, especially members of the clergy; the analysis of names was based without exception on case studies or "monographs" of some particular anthroponyms or assessments made with respect to practices that determine the denomination within a family, or was intended to provide additional evidence to a specific historical argument. The author takes a new look on medieval documents containing Saxon and Romanian names in Transylvania, formulating a number of considerations and explanations on the structure of Transylvanian names in the XIVth century (single or double), the sequence of names in the family, the relationship between names and social structure or area of practice and anthroponomical geography. Such a renewed view of the anthroponomical Transylvanian theme arises a number of issues that either require review and nuance, or a more intense step on investigating the factors of influence that have shaped the anthroponomical identity of medieval Transylvanians.

  • Issue Year: LI/2012
  • Issue No: 51
  • Page Range: 31-43
  • Page Count: 13
  • Language: Romanian