PASE: Prosopography of Anglo-Saxon England


[Image: Excerpt from the Domesday Book]
[Image: Durham Liber Vitae, folio 38r (extract)]


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Discussion of the name

Beorhtstan is a masculine Old English name formed from the elements beorht (‘bright, distinguished’) and stān ‘stone, rock, gem’. It is not securely recorded before the 930s and was never especially common but was in continuous use through the tenth and eleventh centuries, with a notable concentration among moneyers in the period 959–1023 (Beorhtstan 1, 3–5, 7–14; Searle 1897: 95).


Searle 1897: W. G. Searle, Onomasticon Anglo-Saxonicum: A List of Anglo-Saxon Proper Names from the Time of Beda to that of King John (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1897)

Forms of the name

Spellings in Domesday Book: Bricstan

Spellings in IE: Brizstanus

Forms in modern scholarship:

  von Feilitzen head forms: Beorhtstān

  Phillimore edition: Brictstan

  Alecto edition: Beorhtstan

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
Cambridgeshire 44,2 Toft Brizstanus Beorhtstan 'of Toft' Wulfric, abbot of Ely Erchenger the baker - 0.20 0.60 0.40 A Map
Sussex 10,80 Langney Bricstan Beorhtstan 'of Langney' - Robert, count of Mortain Ranulph 'the man of Robert, count of Mortain' 0.50 0.21 0.13 A Map
Total               0.70 0.81 0.53  

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