Chronicle of an early demise, surname extinction in the fifteenth and the seventeenth centuries

Joan Pau Jordà, Jose Ameijeiras-Alonso, Joana Maria Pujadas-Mora

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    Abstract

    © 2018, © 2018 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC. It has been amply demonstrated that individuals' reproductive capability is the key explanatory phenomenon for understanding onomastic disappearance during the early modern period. This article analyzes the evolution and consequences of surname extinction in a specific population: Catalonia in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. In this article two aspects are examined. First, the observed disappearance of surnames is estimated through historical data collected in the Llibres d'Esposalles (Marriage Books) from 1481 to 1600 at Barcelona Cathedral. Second, the estimated natural extinction of those surnames registered in 1481 is forecast by applying a statistical branching process.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)190-201
    JournalHistorical Methods
    Volume51
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 3 Jul 2018

    Keywords

    • Barcelona
    • branching process
    • catalonia
    • early modern period
    • llibres d'esposalles (marriage books)
    • onomastics

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