Some names from the English renaissance are totally baffling - the anonymous Militis Dump and John Whitfield's Mr. Strangs Gregory Hitts are two that come to mind. Some pieces are very clearly dedicated to composers' sponsors - the grandest title I can think of being The Most High and Mighty Christianus the Fourth, King of Denmark, his Galliard - by John Dowland, when he was working for the King of Denmark. The great majority of pieces are found only in manuscript collections, a lot have no title or a generic title such as Allemande and some have names reflecting a popular tune they are based on such as Go From my Window. Some even have names that raise the suspicion the musician or scribe involved may have misheard an unfamiliar name - there are pieces from the 17th century entitled Serebrand (surely a mishearing of Sarabande) and there is a piece in the Willoughby Lute Book entitled Quando Claro, Quando Claro which looks like a 'cod Latin' mishearing of Conde Claros (it's certainly the same tune). It's all a bit of a hotch-potch really!
Eric from GuitarLoot
Renaissance and Baroque freak; classical guitars by Lester Backshall (2008), Ramirez (Guitarra del Tiempo 2017),
Yamaha (SLG 130NW silent classical guitar 2014).