Archive for the ‘Statistics from the Fine Rolls’ Category

The August Fine of the Month

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

Since finishing the August Fine of the Month, David Carpenter writes that he has now found on the fine rolls two more instances of Robert Grosseteste being amerced £100 for failing to produce clerks before the king’s justices. Both sums were pardoned. See CFR 1247-8, no.584; CFR 1248-9, no.522.  In due course a revived version of the paper will be mounted on the website together with a Latin transcription of Henry’s letter of February 1253 which is its centre piece. 

William, Wills, Billy, Bill…

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

The name of kings, the name of princes, and the name of many, many medieval men in thirteenth-century England: William is, and was, a very popular name. KCL reported all about it here (http://www.kcl.ac.uk/newsevents/news/newsrecords/2011/04Apr/Williammostpopularmedievalname.aspx).

William heads the list of most popular male names in the Henry III Fine Rolls

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

To complement the recent blog on the frequency of female first names recorded in the Fine Rolls for the years 1216-1242, herewith the equivalent male names.

Frequency Name
1217 William
669 John
495 Richard
434 Robert
376 Henry
365 Ralph
351 Thomas
346 Walter
337 Roger
297 Hugh
261 Geoffrey
218 Simon
200 Adam
180 Nicholas, Peter
157 Gilbert
110 Alan
110 Phillip
88 Reginald
83 Stephen
66 Elias
65 Alexander
52 Osbert
44 Eustace
42 Andrew, Matthew
40 Ranulf
39 Michael, Warin
37 Godfrey, Hamo, Jordan
35 Baldwin, Martin
28 Humphrey
27 Gerard
25 David, James, Laurence
24 Herbert
22 Hervey
21 Bartholomew, Luke, Maurice
20 Gervase
19 Fulk
17 Ernald, Eudo, Guy, Josceus, Nigel
16 Benedict, Bernard, Hubert, Isaac, Milo, Oliver
15 Brian
14 Payn
13 Alvred, Edmund, Odo
12 Edward
11 Aymer, Theobald
10 Abraham, Ernisius, Everard, Jacob, Thurstan
9 Aaron, Clement, Giles, Reiner, Waleran
8 Drogo, Gregory, Rolland, Samson, Vincent
7 Bertram, Engeram, Godwin, Jocelin, Lambert, Mosse, Patrick, Richer
6 Ailwin, Amfrid, Augustine, Edwin, Ratikin, Walkelin
5 Alard, Anselm, Arnulf, Bonefey, Colin, Denis, Joel, Llywelyn, Saer, Sampson, Swain, Vivian
4 Ailric, Daniel, Deodatus, Ernulf, Hamelin, Jollan, Osmund, Paulinus, Randulf, Salomon, Samuel, Seman, Sewal, Silvester
3 Ailbric, Albert, Albinus, Charles, Constantine, Fulcher, Leo, Manasser, Norman, Odard, Roland, Savaric, Ursellus, Warner, Wido, Wymer
2 Absolom, Ailmer, Aldr’, Anketillus, Ansell, Archibald, Arnold, Aubrey, Berengar, Bonamy, Bruno, Christopher, Conan, Copin, Dyay, George, Gruffydd, Gwenwynwyn, Hasculf, Herlewin, Hugues, Ilger, Imbert, Joldwin, Joscepinus, Jukell, Lefsi, Louis, Lumbard, Lyulf, Macy, Madoc, Mar’, Marmaduke, Mauger, Orm, Otuel, Picot, Reimund, Reinfrid, Reinger, Reymund, Rhys, Rocelin, Serlo, Siward, Terricus, Theodoric, Urs, Wigan, Wimer, Winneis, Wischard, Wormund
1 Afonso, Acer, Acius, Adrian, Ailfric, Ailif’, Ailmund, Ailred, Ailward, Aimeric, Albizium, Albric, Aldred, Algrym, Alnothus, Aluffus, Alfward, Alpeis’, Alwfyn, Amandus, Amioter, Amis, Ancelin, Ang’, Anger, Angerus, Angevin, Angod’, Anketil, Ansketil, Ansty, Arnald, Arnaud, Arnewic, Ascelin, Askelin, Askell, Askeltillus, Astinus, Athelstan, Aucher, Auclerc, Aunger, Autry, Azo, Baldekin, Baldewar, Bayo, Benjamin, Berner’, Boneme, Brice, Brictmar, Brightulf, Brito, Bron, Buchard, Burward, Cocky, Cok, Costericus, Cradoc, Cundo, Deulobene, Doun, Duncan, Dunstan, Durand, Durant, Duva, Edwy, Eglinus, Eigus, Eilmer, Eiward, Elevered, Elgar, Ellemus, Elwin, Elyaduk’, Engelard, Engeler, Enguerrand, Enjuger, Eston’, Estur, Everwin, Fabian, Fadoc, Falkes, Farramus, Ferrand, Florence, Florent, Flourecoc, Fobert, Folbruth, Fordemus, Fraricus, Frarius, Frayo, Fred, Frederick, Freme, Gemmion, Gerebert, German, Giacomo Piero, Gilmichel, Gimell, Gocelin, Gocius, Godard, Godefeld, Godescallus, Goding, Godric, Gomund, Gospatric, Gosse, Gotel, Graland, Greiland, Griffin, Guala, Guibert, Gundwin, Guner, Gunther, Gwrgeneu, Gymer, Haco, Hacon, Haghemund, Hammecok’, Harekin, Harold, Hascoil, Hasculph, Hay, Heinfrid, Helmewi, Heltonus, Hengest, Hereward, Hilary, Hoel, Honorius, Humbert, Huward, Ingelbert, Innorus, Iorwerth, Isoldus, Jakelin, Jean, Jekell, Jer, Jeremy, Jerman, Joscelin, Josse, Julian, Jurnet, Jurninus, Ketelbert, Lambin, Langus, Lecard, Lefrich, Lefwin, Leon, Leverum, Lisewus, Lithulf, Liulf, Mabba, Mack, Magnus, Maillard, Mainer, Mairin, Malger, Malveisin, Markewart, Mathias, Meer, Meiler, Meredudd, Merus, Odbert, Odinell, Oenius, Oger, Orderic, Orguilus, Ormer, Osa, Otewy, Otta, Otto, Owain, Palmer, Pandulf, Peitevin, Pentecost, Perceval, Picot’, Pinch, Poitevin, Pykot’, Quentin, Randulph, Renauld, Reymond, Rhys, Roald, Rochulf, Roeland, Rogo, Rumfar’, Russell, Saher, Saladin, Salekin, Samar’, Samariellus, Segar, Seignuret, Semarus, Semayne, Sewic, Sigar, Simeon, Sinulf, Solomon, Stannard, Suetrich, Sunnolf, Swein, Thebaut, Theodore, Thibaud, Thorald, Thoreword, Tollanus, Tony, Traher, Tristan, Turgot, Turkild, Turkill, Turswereys, Ulf, Ulfketell, Urban, Urricus, Vigan, Vitalis, Vivard, Vives, Vivon, Wad’, Waldethus, Walding, Walerand, Wales, Walon’, Wandregisilius, Westereis, Wichtmer, Wimarc, Wugan, Wulgar, Wuluric’, Wyard, Wybertus, Wymarc, Wynan, Wyremund’, Ywanus, Wurmund, Zacharias

Female Names in the Fine Rolls from 1242-8

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

On 20 December I blogged about the frequency of women’s first names in the Fine Rolls from 1216-42. In addition to the 205 names listed on that occasion, I can now add another 36 female first names that occur in the Fine Rolls from 1242-8, bringing the total to 241 for the period 1216-48. These additional names are:

Adele
Alexandra
Argia
Bela
Belasez
Belia
Benigner
Blanche
Clara
Cuntus
Custantia
Devorguilla
Emecina
Ethelburga
Galiena
Gwenlilan
Gwladys
Imayne
Letewaria
Letitia
Licorice
Lya
Natalia
Nicola
Orabl’
Osamunda
Pavia
Preciosa
Rachel
Sanchia
Sapientia
Sauncelina
Scolastica
Sigerida
Theopania

Most Popular Women’s Names in the Fine Rolls

Monday, December 20th, 2010

It’s that time of year when lists of the top ten Christmas gifts for him or her, for kids, for dogs and so forth abound. So, here (I hope) is a much more interesting list, giving very much more than the top ten of the female first names recorded in the Fine Rolls for the years 1216-1242. Enjoy, and Seasons’ Greetings to you all!

Frequency Name
140 Alice
138 Matilda
76 Agnes
69 Margaret
62 Joan
60 Isabella
37 Emma
34 Beatrice
33 Mabel
32 Cecilia
30 Christiana
29 Hawise
27 Juliana
25 Sibyl
21 Rose
16 Sarra
15 Helewise
14 Avice, Eleanor, Eva, Lucy
13 Leticia
12 Felicia
11 Isolda, Margery, Petronilla
10 Ascelina, Edith
9 Phillippa
8 Amice, Elena, Katherine, Mary, Sabina
7 Basilia, Muriel
6 Albrea, Amabilia, Denise, Eustachia, Idonea, Olive
5 Ada, Agatha, Alina, Gunnilda, Gunnora, Hilary
4 Amy, Egidia, Ela, Goda, Milicent, Petronella
3 Clarice, Clemencia, Edelina, Lecia
2 Adelina, Albreda, Alda, Amphelisa, Annora, Avegaya, Barbata, Belina, Berta, Comitessa, Constance, Ermintrude, Florencia, Floria, Frethesenta, Helena, Ida, Ivetta, Lauretta, Nesta, Susanna, Wulveva, Wymarca
1 Aca, Acilia, Alcis, Aldusa, Alexandria, Aleys, Alveva, Alvona, Ang’, Angaretta, Antigonia, Anura, Arniun, Auda, Aude, Azalia, Berengaria, Bertrada, Blitha, Bloye, La, Botilda, Bruncosta, Burgia, Cassandra, Cecily, Celecestr’, Chera, Claremunda, Constantina, Cundya, Cuntessa, Custania, Daya, Dereina, Dervorguilla, Desiderata, Deulecresse, Dulcia, Edilda, Edina, Egelina, Elicia, Elizabeth, Elvina, Emecina, Emelina, Ermengard, Esterota, Eugenia, Euphemia, Flandrina, Flora, Flura, Fluria, Gena, Godhus’, Godina, Godith, Goldcorna, Goldina, Grecia, Guinda, Gundrea, Gundreda, Gunilda, Gymma, Hakelna, Helen, Henna, Huwelina, Imenia, Joye, Kamilia, Langusa, Laurencia, Lesianda, Leuca, Levina, Lina, Liveva, Livinia, Lora, Lye, Mabba, Maciana, Mariota, Mascelina, Maszelina, Maud, Mazelina, Meisenta, Melcana, Mina, Mirabel, Mirabella, Nest, Nichith’, Nicholaa, Nicola,  Nisand, Olencia, Olenta, Orabil, Orient’, Oriolda, Pelaga, Pinc’, Quenilda, Quenina, Richelda, Rosamund, Sarotha, Scula, Sema, Serena, Simunda, Sinolda, Slima, Theda, Truca, Wiviva, Woburg, Ymanea, Yselia

Number Crunching Writs

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

 

This graph provides a quick demonstration of how entries relating to the purchase of writs become such a major feature of the Fine Rolls during the reign of Henry III. This graph only shows one type of writ – writs ad terminum  – if other types of writ were included, particularly writs of pone and precipe the dominance of writs would be even more apparent. Research into the purchase of writs remains one of the key areas to be investigated.

Number Crunching the Fine Rolls (1242-1248)

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010
Recently I’ve been adding up the sums given to the king as fines in the Fine Rolls for 1242-1248 to provide some statistics to go in the front matter of Volume 4 of CFR, and also on the website. Here’s a preview:
C60/39B
Total £233 6s. 8d.
Largest fine £133 6s. 8d.
Average fine £116 13s. 4d.
C60/40A
Total £678 6s. 8d. and 2 palfreys
Largest fine £667 6s. 8d.
Average fine £56 10s. 7d.
C60/40
Total £587
Largest fine £100
Average fine £5 1s. 3d.
C60/41
Total £3925 3s. 8d. and 6 palfreys
Largest fine £667 6s. 8d.
Average fine £16 19s. 10d.
C60/42
Total £9145 13s. 4d. and 7 palfreys and 2 tuns of wine
Largest fine £667 6s. 8d.
Average fine £43 11s.
C60/43
Total £12058 13s. 4d. and 6 palfreys and 1 palfrey worth 100s.
Largest fine £3,000
Average fine £59 2s. 3d.
C60/44
Total £4715 3s. and 6 palfreys and 100 live rabbits
Largest fine £1333 6s. 8d.
Average fine £16 4s.
C60/45
Total £3009 16s. 8d.
Largest fine £400
Average fine £10 14s. 4d.
Of course, like most statistics, these figures obscure as much as they show. For example, from this data it is hardly obvious that most fines were for considerably less than the average sums given here. Take roll C60/41. Of the 231 entries added together to arrive at the figure of £3925 3s. 8d. and 6 palfreys, 124 (or 54%) were fines for writs with an average value of 15s. 3d., and another 46 entries (20%) were fines for assizes of novel disseisin to be taken, with an average value of £1 1s. 9d. Far less than the overall average of £16 19s. 10d. If other stats on these particular rolls would be of use to readers of the blog, let me know.