PASE: Prosopography of Anglo-Saxon England


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[Image: Durham Liber Vitae, folio 38r (extract)]


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Discussion of the name

Hunmann is an Old English masculine name, the first element deriving from either an OE word *hūn cognate with Old Norse húnn ‘bear-cub’ or one linked to the ethnic name of the Huns (Insley 2003: 376; contra von Feilitzen 1937: 295-6) and the second element being OE mann ‘person, man’.

The only entries in the PASE corpus are for Hunmann 1, a catch-all category for occurrences in DB, and Hunman 1-3, representing one or more moneyers active in Devon in the early eleventh century.


Insley 2003: J. Insley, ‘Pre-Conquest personal names’, Reallexikon der Germanischen Altertumskunde 23 (Berlin and New York, 2003), 367-96

von Feilitzen 1937: Olof von Feilitzen, The Pre-Conquest Personal Names of Domesday Book, Nomina Germanica 3 (Uppsala: Almqvist and Wiksells, 1937)

Forms of the name

Spellings in Domesday Book: Hunman

WD: ‘The Winton Domesday’, ed. and trans. Frank Barlow, in Winchester in the Early Middle Ages: An Edition and Discussion of the Winton Domesday, ed. Martin Biddle, Winchester Studies 1 (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1976), 1–141

Forms in modern scholarship:

  von Feilitzen head forms: Hūnmann

  Phillimore edition: Hunman

  Alecto edition: Hunmann

Distribution map of property and lordships associated with this name in DB

List of property and lordships associated with this name in DB

Holder 1066

Shire Phil. ref. Vill Holder 1066 DB Spelling Holder 1066 Lord 1066 Tenant-in-Chief 1086 1086 subtenant Fiscal value 1066 value 1086 value Holder 1066 ID conf. Show on map
Buckinghamshire 53,3 Lavendon Hunman Hunmann 'of Lavendon' Alli Judith, countess Roger of Olney 2.31 2.00 1.50 B Map
Total               2.31 2.00 1.50  

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