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Old English names please....

(57 Posts)
FriggFRIGG Mon 03-Dec-12 12:29:51

I don't mean William or Mary,
I'd like to hear some old English names,like Ethelbert or Elfleda...

goralka Mon 03-Dec-12 21:04:51

not that obvs though, I have known both male and female Jocelyn...not sure how the boy spelt his tho'

FriggFRIGG Mon 03-Dec-12 21:34:08


RemusLupinsBiggestGroupie Mon 03-Dec-12 21:56:12

Edmund is lovely.

Roland is German iirc but had the right ring to it
Bartholomew also has the right ring but isn't English
Wilfrid is the old English of Wilfred
Wilheard (who's that guy in Footloose? Is he something like that?)
Bertram -love this
Elwin (much nicer than Edwin imho)
Gladwin - prob not use-able really but sweet
Graham - probably due a revival

rezzle Mon 03-Dec-12 22:07:22


SnowMuchToBits Mon 03-Dec-12 22:09:44

Athelstan, Edith, Aelfreda, Raedwald....

rezzle Mon 03-Dec-12 22:11:57

Also - Harold/Harald, Edward/Edmund/Edwin and Alfred

invicta Mon 03-Dec-12 22:14:00


VictorAndBarry Mon 03-Dec-12 22:53:00

Any character in a Brother Cadael book.

FriggFRIGG Tue 04-Dec-12 00:46:47

And Elwin all going on The List grin

hatsybatsy Tue 04-Dec-12 09:16:59

aelfwen - girls name - met one on holiday - very sweet

FriggFRIGG Tue 04-Dec-12 10:36:30

Aelfwen...pronounced Alf-when or Elf-when or something else entirely?

EldritchCleavage Tue 04-Dec-12 11:20:37

My BIL is friends with a Jonquil (male) which may not be old English but is completely brilliant.

GreeenFingers Tue 04-Dec-12 11:24:31

Malcom and Eric are pretty ancient

FriggFRIGG Tue 04-Dec-12 11:51:15

I love Merewen....I'm pronouncing it 'MEH-reh-win' in my head,does that seem right to everyone else?

FriggFRIGG Tue 04-Dec-12 11:51:41

She could be Merry for short grin

ghosteditor Tue 04-Dec-12 12:01:17


If you like the OE type then Cornish names might appeal - I think Merryn is rather lovely smile

oohlaalaa Tue 04-Dec-12 12:02:29


hatsybatsy Tue 04-Dec-12 12:04:49

aelfwen was pronounced elf-wen. elf for short! not sure if that is historically accurate though as aelfred became alfred?

ladymontdore Tue 04-Dec-12 12:09:15

Great names! Take care about meanings though - Emmett means 'ant' in Cornish, they still use the term to describe tourists on the beach!

FriggFRIGG Tue 04-Dec-12 12:20:14

Merryn is lovely,already on the list,but I think I prefer Merewin...Aelfwyn is lovely too...
I do like Cornish names,Jago was a favorite,but we already have an Arlo.

Cwtchbach Tue 04-Dec-12 15:43:25

I was going to suggest Ailith and Lettice. Found this when I went to check the spelling of Ailith.

Cwtchbach Tue 04-Dec-12 15:46:09

Sorry don't know how to put a link in sad 500 names on that list, not sure how many are old old but a quick glance showed that there were more than a few.

goralka Tue 04-Dec-12 20:10:55

grin imagine calling your DS Hrothgar or Beowulf!! Perhaps in north London ?

Clawdy Tue 04-Dec-12 22:15:35

Fritha is a beautiful Anglo-Saxon girl's name. Wanted it for DD but was talked out of it. angry

FriggFRIGG Tue 04-Dec-12 23:17:49

Fritha is lovely smile

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