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Cuthbert

Cuthbert | Name News | Scoop.it
Origin: Anglo-SaxonMeaning: "bright famous."Gender: masculineKUTH-bert The name is composed of the Anglo-Saxon words cuþ "famous" and beohrt "bright." It is notably borne by St. Cuthbert of Lindisfarne, a 7th-century English saint who is revered as the patron saint of Northumbria. Even after the Protestant Reformation, he remained a popular figure in Northern England, the Cathedral…
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Baby Name Edwin: A Winning Classic

Baby Name Edwin: A Winning Classic | Name News | Scoop.it
Classic baby name Edwin benefits from a long history of use, combined with a great final syllable: the victorious win. What's not to love?
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Old English- Boys place names

Aldous- from the old house Atwood- the wood Bradwell - from the broad spring Brooks - dwelling by the spring Calder - stream Chester - dweller in fortified farm Denley - meadow near the valley Elmore- moor with elm trees Farley - meadow of the sheep Flint - home stream Ford - river crossing Greeley…
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Eadric, Edric(h)

Eadric, Edric(h) | Name News | Scoop.it
Origin: Anglo-Saxon Meaning: "rich ruler." Gender: Masculine ENG (ED-drick; EE-drick) The name is composed of the Anglo-Saxon elements, ead (rich) & ric (ruler). It was borne by a 6th-century King of Kent, an 11th-century Mercian ealderman known for his treachery with the Danes, and an Anglo-Saxon resister against the Normans.. It is the name of…
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Alfred, Alfreda

Alfred, Alfreda | Name News | Scoop.it
The name is derived from the Anglo-Saxon, Ælfræd, which is composed of the Anglo-Saxon elements, ælf  "elf" and ræd "counsel. A notable bearer was the 9th-century Anglo-Saxon King, Alfred the Great. This is one of the few Anglo-Saxon male names to survive popular usage after the Norman Conquest and slowly waned in use by the…
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Kimber –

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Kimber comes from an English surname, originally a locational name for someone who came from a place called Kimber. The first element of the name comes from Old English cempa meaning "champion; warrior" and bearu "grove" essentially meaning "grove of the champion". Kimber could also be used as a shortened form of Kimberly. The second element of the name…
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Mildred –

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Mildred is an English female name meaning "gentle strength", which comes from Old English Mildþryð, made up from Old English elements milde (mild, gentle) and þryþ (strength, power). Nicknames: Millie/Milly Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Mildþryð (Old English) Mildrith (English) Mildrid (English)  
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Everild –

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Everild is an English female name, the anglicized form of Old English Eoforhild meaning "boar battle", made up of eofor (boar) and hild (battle). Nicknames: Ev, Evie, Ever Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Everilda (English, Old English) Eoforhild (Old English) Averil (English) Averill (English)  
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Oswald –

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Oswald is an Old English male name meaning "god power" or "god ruler", made up from Old English elements ōs (god) and weald (power, ruler). Oswald is also a surname originating from the given name. Nicknames: Os, Oz, Ozzie/Ozzy Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Ozwald (English) Osvald (Swedish, Norwegian, Danish) Osvaldo (Portuguese, Spanish, Italian) Ansaldo (Italian) Ansovald (Ancient…
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Avery: Baby Name of the Day

Avery: Baby Name of the Day | Name News | Scoop.it
Preppy and crisp, Avery makes a modern, unisex update to Alfred. While it's wildly popular for girls, it remains a handsome boy name, too.
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Quenilda –

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Quenilda comes from a medieval English name, a medieval form of Cwénhild meaning "wife battle", made up from Old English cwen (woman, wife, queen) and hild (battle, war). Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Cwénhild (Anglo-Saxon) Quenild (Old English) Cwenhilde (Old English) Quenylda (Old English) Quenilla (Old English) Quenilla (Old English) Quenella (Old English)  
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Wynne –

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Wynne is an English unisex given name which seems to be derived from Welsh gwyn meaning "blessed, fair, white" deriving from Proto-Celtic *windos (white). Wynne may also derive from another source, from Old English wine (friend, lord, protector) via Proto-Germanic *winiz (loved one, friend) derived from a PIE root word. Wynne is also a surname derived from the given name. Origin: Proto-Celtic, Proto-Indo-European…
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Sexburga, Brexita: the baby name game requires fertile imagination | London

Sexburga, Brexita: the baby name game requires fertile imagination | London | Name News | Scoop.it
I mean, if you’re going to call our daughter Aethelthyrth or whatever, you may as well go the whole Anglo- Saxon hog and call her Sexburga.

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Historic Baby Names: What Were People Called In The Past & How Did They Name Their Children?

Historic Baby Names: What Were People Called In The Past & How Did They Name Their Children? | Name News | Scoop.it
How did people name their children in the Middle Ages? Why did we start using surnames? And what were the most popular names? HistoryExtra content director Dr David Musgrove chats to Dr James Chetwood about the way people’s personal names changed dramatically over the course of the Middle Ages, and what this tells us about medieval society
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Featuring men called Alfred and Godwin who had very unfortunate bynames...

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Secret names: Cracking the medieval code (Part 1)

Secret names: Cracking the medieval code (Part 1) | Name News | Scoop.it
Editor's Introduction: The DMNES staff are super delighted to host a three-part guest blog by Dr. Anna Dorofeeva. Dr. Dorofeeva is a historian specialising in Western Latin book history and culture, and her current work focuses on ciphers and cryptography in medieval manuscripts; you can follow her on Twitter at @LitteraCarolina. In this series of…
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I LOVE an Anglo-Saxon colophon! I didn't know about these ciphered ones.

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Kenric –

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Kenric is a variant spelling of Kendrick, a surname with various possible sources and meanings: as an English surname it comes from Old English given name Cyneric or Cenric meaning "bold power" or "royal power" made up from Old English elements cyne (royals kingly) and ric (ruler, power, king); as a Welsh surname it derives from Welsh Cynwrig meaning "chief hero" or…
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Wilfred

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Origin: Anglo-Saxon Meaning: "desiring peace." Gender: masculine The name is composed of the Anglo-Saxon elements, wil (will, desire) and frið (peace). It was borne by 2 English bishops of Worcester, one of whom is a Catholic saint and a 9th-century Catalan count, known as Wilfred the Hairy (b. 878-897). Wilfred was of Gothic origins and…
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Thorley –

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Thorley comes from an English surname meaning "thorn clearing", made up from Old English elements þorn (thorn) and lēah (woodland; clearing, meadow). It was originally a locational name for someone who lived near a place where thorns grew. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Thornley (English)  
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Name of the Week: Hilda

Name of the Week: Hilda | Name News | Scoop.it
Origin: Hilda is the Latinised form of Hild, an Anglo-Saxon name derived from the Old English hild meaning "battle". In some cases, Hild may have been a hypocoristic form of longer names (both masculine and feminine) containing the element hild such as Hildgýð, Hildegard or Hildebehrt and Hildulf. Hild
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This name is one of my absolute favourites!

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Oswin –

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Oswin is an English male name meaning "God's friend" or "friend of God", made up from Old English elements os (god) and wine (friend). Nicknames: Os/Oz, Win Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Oswine (Anglo-Saxon) Osuine (Anglo-Saxon)  
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Tante Mildred = Aunt Mildred

Tante Mildred = Aunt Mildred | Name News | Scoop.it
"Die ganze Familie ist versammelt … aber niemand hat Tante Mildred eingeladen." ("Du lügst!", MB-Spiele, 1981) Auch Namen, die vermeintlich niemand auf dem
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Musings on Mildred. To Annemarie, it reminds her firstly of the maiden aunt in a card game. But could it be a bold choice? Would it go down better in some places (eg hip Berlin) than others? Would the nickname Millie be a good get-out option? I think we could ask the same questions in the UK. There are very few real Mildreds left alive, and yet no one wants to revive it.

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The many forms of Alfred

The many forms of Alfred | Name News | Scoop.it
King Alfred the Great of England, ca. 847-849–26 October 899, my 36-greats-grandfather Alfred is an English, French, German, Scandinavian, Dutch, Polish, Estonian, Slovenian, Finnish, Catalan, Georgian, Armenian, Bulgarian, Romanian, Russian, and Serbian name derived from the original Old English Ælfræd (elf counsel). Its roots are ælf (elf) and ræd (counsel). Though many Anglo–Saxon names fell out…
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The Strangest Names In American Political History : Anglo Saxon Pfrimmer (1898-1981)

The Strangest Names In American Political History : Anglo Saxon Pfrimmer (1898-1981) | Name News | Scoop.it
From the Chariton Leader, October 26, 1954.    One of the few men in recorded history to receive their name in honor of a period i
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Chad –

Chad – | Name News | Scoop.it
Chad is a male given name with two different etymologies. The first is that it comes from Old English Ceadda, a given name of unknown meaning though it could be derived from Welsh cad meaning "battle, army" via Proto-Celtic *katus (battle) derived from a PIE root word. Chad is also the name of a country in Africa, named after…
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Averill –

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Averill is an English unisex name derived from a surname via Anglo-Saxon female given name Eoforhild meaning "boar battle" made up from Old English eofor (boar) via a PIE root word; and hild (battle, war) also derived from a  PIE root word. However, I've also seen some sources list the surname Averill as a variant form of Avril, the French form…
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Oh I love all the Averil-names.

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