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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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Name of the Week: Wilfred

Name of the Week: Wilfred | Name News | Scoop.it
Origin: Wilfred is the modern English form of the Anglo-Saxon name Wilfrið (often rendered as Wilfrith or Wilfrid). The first element of the name either derives from the Old English noun willa "mind, determination, purpose; desire, wish, request; joy, delight," or the related verb willan "to will, to wish
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Name of the Week: Edwin

Name of the Week: Edwin | Name News | Scoop.it
Origin: Edwin derives from the Old English name Eadwine, composed of the elements ead "'prosperity, riches, fortune, inheritance, property" and wine "friend." A Nordic cognate of the name – Auðun – was used as a byname for the Viking chief god Odin (who was worshipped as Woden by th
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Brightwen


Brightwen is a unisex baby name that means "bright friend" in Old English from the root words beorht and wine. However, as pointed out by K. M. Sheard, it was also influenced by Beorhtwynn, beorht still meaning "friend," wynn meaning "joy."
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All about the names Edward, Edmund, and Edgar

All about the names Edward, Edmund, and Edgar | Name News | Scoop.it
King Edward VI of England (as Prince of Wales), 12 October 1537–6 July 1553 Edward, used in English and Polish (albeit with differing pronunciations), comes from the Old English elements ead (fortune, wealth) and weard (guard). It loosely translates as "rich guard." Several Anglo–Saxon kings bore this name, the last of whom was Edward the Confessor. Thanks…
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Baby name consultation: Haley from Carrots for Michaelmas!

Baby name consultation: Haley from Carrots for Michaelmas! | Name News | Scoop.it
Daniel likes: Beowulf, Cynewulf, and Merlin for first names. I could live with any of these
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Mic drop after those names. Why look further? But Kate has some more excellent suggestions too. (My favourite is Wilfrid.)

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Bede, Bode, Bodo

Bede, Bode, Bodo | Name News | Scoop.it
Bodo is an Old German name that might either come from the Germanic element, bodo (lord, commander) or the Old German boto (messenger). The latter became bod (messenger) or boda (messenger, angel) in Anglo-Saxon. In Anglo-Saxon England, the name spun off into Beda and in modern English became Bede. Alternately, Bede has also been claimed to…
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Alfred

Alfred | Name News | Scoop.it
Alfred is an English male name meaning "elf counsel", made up from Old English elements aelf (elf) via Proto-Germanic *albiz (elf, fairy), of uncertain origin though it's been linked to Proto-Indo-European *h₂elbʰós (white); and raed (counsel) which also comes from Proto-Germanic *rēdaz (advice, counsel) also derived from Proto-Indo-European *h₂reh₁- (to think, count, reason; arrange). Alfred is also an English surname derived from the given name. Nicknames: Alf, Alfie/Alphie, Fred,…
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Evans: Gentle ‘Mildred’ waits, patiently, for revival

Evans: Gentle ‘Mildred’ waits, patiently, for revival | Name News | Scoop.it
In the seventh century, King Merewald and Queen Ermenburg of Mercia in England had three daughters: Mildred (“gentle strength”), Mildburg (“gentle fortress”), and Mildith (“gentle battle”). All became abbesses and
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Oswald –

Oswald – | Name News | Scoop.it
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 –

Quenilda – | Name News | Scoop.it
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 –

Wynne – | Name News | Scoop.it
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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Unique Hipster Baby Boy Names No One Else Is Using...Yet! | SJ STRUM - YouTube

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Vann, Barnabas, Tapio, Wulfric, Leith, Franz, and Dusk (wow!), Fielding, Emlyn, 

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Anglo-Saxon Names We Can Still Use

These medieval names still have potential for the right parents. Here they are with U.S. statistics when applicable.
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Sunniva

Sunniva | Name News | Scoop.it
The earliest recorded use was Sweden in 1353 but the name is attested to Saint Sunniva from the 10th century, who was an Irish princess.
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Ellern –

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Ellern is the Middle English form of Old English ellærn meaning "elder tree, elderberry tree". Origin: Old English Variants: Ellærn (Old English) Ellarn (Old English)  
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Name Musings: January 2018

Name Musings: January 2018 | Name News | Scoop.it
Is it just me, or has January been a long month? It feels like an age since Christmas. But, that means plenty of time to consider names. Sada A friend of mine is expecting a little girl and she is considering the Punjabi name Sada after a great Sik
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Mercia

The English kingdom of Mercia, which was part of a heptarchy during the 8th century, derived from the Old English word merce, meaning "border people,"
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Edmund

Edmund | Name News | Scoop.it
Edmund is an English male name made up from Old English elements ead (wealth, fortune, riches) and mund (protection) meaning "rich protection" or "wealthy protector". Ead comes from Proto-Germanic *audaz (wealth, riches) and mund also comes from Proto-Germanic *mundō (hand; protection, security) derived from Proto-Indo-European *man- (hand; man, human being). Edmund is the name of an antagonist in Shakespeare's King Lear (1603-1606). Origin: Proto-Germanic, Proto-Indo-European   Variants: Eadmund (Anglo-Saxon) Edmond (French)…
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