Florence in the Middle Ages. The names of the people of often referred to the Saints and the virtue

Florence in the Middle Ages. The names of the people of often referred to the Saints and the virtue

In Middle Ages, in the West, the choice of infant name was up to the godfather and godmother, but we have no absolute certainty that this was the practice also Florence.

One aspect on which there is no doubt, however,, especially with respect to the period of time between the eleventh and twelfth centuries, is that of favorite names by parents for their new born baby, both male and female: the documents of, but also literature and art, They are a plethora of Jacopo, Donato, Maria, Giovanni e Piero, or holy object of deep devotion from the community.

Other names rather frequent were those which referred to physical characteristics, come Bruno, Nero e Bianca, and those inspired by precious stones, among which Gemma, not forgetting the classic virtues from which it would be appropriate to be guided in life, eg Beatrice (“giver of happiness“), immortalized name Dante in Divine Comedy; granted the spread, just between the '200 and' 300, of names Francesco e Domenico, beloved saints and founders of religious orders homonyms.

Another common feature of medieval Florentine onomastics was the constant use diminutives: They were all too common, among others, Cecco Francesco and Pepo Giuseppe (Photo gives: florencetouristguide.net).