Naming Patterns in the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem.

by Iris Shagrir


This study examines a central question in the history of the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem: to what extent did the Frankish settlers in the East preserve European patterns and traditions, and to what extent did they assimilate elements from their new, Levantine environment? The study approaches this question by employing an analysis of the personal names of the inhabitants in the Kingdom of Jerusalem in 1099-1291. The anthroponymic analysis offers a novel way to explore the nature of the Frankish society both in comparison with contemporary European societies, and in relation to the immigrantsí new surroundings. It reveals trends unknown so far and compares them with the dominant ones in contemporary Catholic Europe. This book makes an important contribution to the socio-cultural study of the Frankish Kingdom of Jerusalem, as well as to the comparative study of personal names in general.