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Old English names please....

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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...

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


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...

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

We toyed with Caedmon but went with Aidan.

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

Fritha is lovely smile

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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!

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?

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


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

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

She could be Merry for short grin

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?

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

Malcom and Eric are pretty ancient

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.

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

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

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

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

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

And Elwin all going on The List grin

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

Any character in a Brother Cadael book.

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