Twin River Guard

Experimental Archeology

Experimental Archeology - Persona

In order to relive history we immerge ourselves in a period persona, adopting a name and image fitting to the period we wish to recreate. Persona names are historically accurate, where the only real constraint is that we are not permitted to become well known historical figures.

The TRG reenact in the European historical era from the beginning of the Viking Migration Period (the first recorded Viking raid in England at Lindisfarne in 793AD), through the so called Dark Ages to the end of the Medieval period (commonly accepted as 1600AD).

One great way to establish a persona is to decide in a period you might like to reenact and dress and do some research into this area. Our Lady Sigyn will help anyone in this area should they require assistance.

Now, one does not need to go to such lengths, and may simply choose a name and live in the Medieval period, but you may wish to delve deeper into the experience...

Say, for example you want to take on the persona of an archer during the reign of Henry V (1413 - 1422). You might research Henry V, 15th Century Archers and Arms and Armour of the 15th Century. This would assist you in deciding what armour might go with what style of clothing. You would no doubt uncover names of people that lived during this time and combine parts of names together to create your own unique one for yourself.

Putting these facets together, you have now created a look and feel of your chosen period. From here you can immerse yourself in your new persona, leaving the trials and tribulations of the mundane world behind - for a little while at least!

Naming Conventions

To assist you in choosing a name, there are several key naming conventions used throughout history. This list is by no means exhaustive, but it will give you a good starting point.

Names can be derived in various ways...



Patronymic Surnames - Where a name is given defining a persons decedents. Robert Johnson, Angus McDougal, Harvey the Miller's son.

Occupational Surnames - Where a name is derived from a persons occupation or status. Paul Fletcher, Paul Smith or Friar Tuck.

Descriptive Names - Where a physical deformity or characteristic may define your name. Peter the Gimp, John Armstrong, Paul Black may distinguish you from another Paul in the village.

Place Names - Where a person is named after a description of where they come from or a landmark they live near Atwood, lake.

Names and Naming Convention Resources

Here is are some links providing better descriptive values and meanings that may assist you in creating your new persona.

http://medieval.stormthecastle.com/medieval-names.htm

http://www.medieval-life-and-times.info/medieval-life/medieval-names.htm

http://www.suite101.com/article.cfm/baby_names/109436

http://www.s-gabriel.org/names/english.shtml