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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...

ghosteditor Wed 05-Dec-12 09:41:23

goralka I did know a (very old) Wolfie once - not sure it was from Beowulf though wink

RooibosWithMilk Wed 05-Dec-12 15:37:55

Lovely names smile

Don't forget about Caedmon (first poet in the English language!)

Usually ae would have been written as ash (æ - not sure if that will show up properly - a digraph of a and e). Pronounced 'a' as in 'hat'. We think!

Also Dunstan, Wilfrid, Cedd (Chad)... and of course not forgetting the most popular Anglo-Saxon girls' name, Aelfgiefu.

FriggFRIGG Wed 05-Dec-12 19:38:24

How do you pronounce Aelfgiefu?
I like Caedmon...if I'm pronouncing it correctly...

RooibosWithMilk Thu 06-Dec-12 11:10:48

Aelfgiefu is pronounced Alf-yiv-oo.
Caedmon is pronounced Cadmon.
Roughly speaking!

BlueChampagne Thu 06-Dec-12 15:41:14

We toyed with Caedmon but went with Aidan.

Mumpster Thu 06-Dec-12 22:01:17

Is Willow an old english name or am I just thinking of romanticised US films of Olde England? eg The Princess Bride..

I only ask as I am expecting a girl and hubby loves this name but I'm not sure, even though I bloody well suggested it -durp...

serin Sat 08-Dec-12 22:43:19


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