Nomen et Gens



Nomen et gens is an interdisciplinary research project in which historians and linguists work together. The centerpiece of the project is a database which contains information concerning the prosopography and the onomastics of continental Europe in the Early Middle Ages.

  • Geographical coverage: continental Europe
  • Date range: 4th century to the 8th century AD
  • Material included: narrative and documentary sources, inscriptions, names on coins

The data has been gathered peripherally since the mid-nineties and shall now be made publicly available online. Currently, the publicly accessible areas of this database feature only a portion of the material. Published data so far:

• date range: persons and names stemming from the period between 650 to 750 AD • over 10.000 single references of personal names in ca. 300 sources • ca. 3.800 particular identified persons • ca. 1.700 linguistic lemmata of personal names

You may find a list of the already processed sources on the project homepage ([1]). In contrast, the internal sections do not only contain considerably more references, but also provide more details. Of course, the publicly accessible area is going to increase since we are processing selected data for online publication. The primary objective of the project is to enhance our comprehension of the transformation of the Roman World at the transition from Late Antiquity to the Early Middle Ages. For that purpose we make available personal names, which have not yet been taken into account as historic-cultural or etymological sources. Furthermore, a prosopography of the continental European gentes ranging from the 4th century to the 8th century AD is being developed.


  • Languages: German, English
  • Disciplines: History, Prosopography, Linguistic

Links and references

  • H. Ebling, J. Jarnut, G. Kampers: Nomen et gens. Untersuchungen zu den Führungsschichten des Franken-, Langobarden- und Westgotenreiches, in: Francia 8 (1980), S. 687-745.
  • D. Geuenich, I. Runde (Hgg.): Name und Gesellschaft im Frühmittelalter. Personennamen als Indikatoren für sprachliche, ethnische, soziale und kulturelle Gruppenzugehörigkeiten ihrer Träger (Deutsche Namenforschung auf sprachgeschichtlicher Grundlage, Bd. 2), Hildesheim 2006


  • Philippe Depreux
  • Dieter Geuenich
  • Hans Werner Goetz
  • Wolfgang Haubrichs
  • Jörg Jarnut
  • Gerhard Lubich
  • Steffen Patzold

Nomen et Gens Seminar für mittelalterliche Geschichte Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen Wilhelmstraße 36 72074 Tübingen