Sunday, January 14, 2018

Medieval World Tour--Germany

The world tour continues! We're heading to Germany next, still looking especially for names/forms that aren't still in use today (although some do survive as surnames).

Boys:
  • Asculf (AHSH-oolf ['oo' like in "foot"])--"spear-wolf"
  • Avo (AH-voh)--origin uncertain, poss. "desired" or "strength"
  • Berengar (BEH-ren-gar)--"bear-spear". Another form was Pernger (PEHRN-gehr). 
  • Bomund (BOH-moont ['oo' like in "foot"])--derivation unknown; after a legendary giant.
    Other forms included Boamund (BOH-ah-moont ['oo' like in "foot"]) and Bohemund (BOH-heh-moont ['oo' like in "foot"]). 
  • Eberwin (EH-behr-win)--"boar-friend"
  • Herimund (HEHR-im-oont ['oo' like in "foot"])--"army protection".
    Another form was Harimund (HAHR-im-oont ['oo' like in "foot"]). 
  • Herrand (HEHR-rahnt)--prob. "army shield-edge"
  • Herrich (HEHR-rikh)--"army ruler". Also spelled Herich
  • Isbrand (EEZ-brahnt)--"iron-fire"
  • Landrich (LAHN-drikh)--"land ruler" [probable source of the surname Landry]
  • Linhart (LIN-hart)--form of Leonard
  • Marculf (MAHR-koolf ['oo' like in "foot"])--"border-wolf"
  • Theodulf (TEH-oh-doolf ['oo' like in "foot"])--"people-wolf"
  • Wigher (WIG-her)--"battle-army"
  • Wilbrand (WIL-brahnt)--"will-fire" or poss. "will-sword"
  • Valten (VAHL-ten)--form of Valentine

Girls:
  • Aldegarde (ahl-deh-GAHR-deh)--"old protection"
  • Duretta (doo-RET-tah)--prob. form of Dorothea
  • Engelhaid (EN-gel-hide)--"angelic type". Also spelled Engelheid
  • Geilsind (GAYL-sind)--"merry path" or poss. "merry strength". Another form was Geilsinde (gayl-SIN-deh). 
  • Heidentrude (hay-den-TROO-deh)--prob. "heath-strength" or "heathen-strength"
  • Isentrud (EE-zen-trood)--prob. "iron-strength"
  • Richlind (RIKH-lind)--"gentle ruler". Another form was Richlinde (rikh-LIN-deh).
  • Wistrild (WIS-trild)--"west battle". Another form was Wistrilde (wis-TRIL-deh). 
I also came across a number of girls' names ending in -lin. Usually they appeared to be diminutives (poss. used as given names on their own), sometimes feminizations.
(there were quite a few boys' diminutives ending in -lin as well, e.g. Ullin from Ulrich and Bestlin from Sebastian, but I'm not lacking in boys' names!)
  • Aellin (from Adelheid/Alice?)
  • Annlin (from Anna)
  • Bettlin (from Elisabeth)
  • Elsslin (also from Elisabeth)
  • Engelin (from Engelhaid and other Engel-names)
  • Ennlin/Endlin (from Endres/Andrew?)
  • Gerlin (from Gertrude and other Ger-names)
  • Gretlin (from Margareta)
  • Ketlin (from Katherina)
  • Kunlin (from Cunigunde and other Cun-names, or poss. Conrad)
  • Marlin/Merlin (from Margareta)
  • Matzlin/Metzlin (? from Mathis or Mechthild/Matilda.....maybe??)
  • Neslin (from Agnes)
  • Riberlin (from Ribert?)

I know, this list is way shorter than the other MWT lists! Most of the names from medieval Germany I found were either still in recent use, or pretty hard to say in Modern English. :/

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Spam-a-Lot 3

Hey, time for another round of names from my spam folder. They seem to be branching out linguistically, so that's nice. :p

  • Alice
  • Alicia
  • Amanda (multiple)
  • Amani
  • Amelia
  • Ananda
  • Angela
  • Anisa
  • Anna
  • Anthony
  • Ariana
  • Becca
  • Cammie
  • Carlos
  • Carole
  • Carolina
  • Cassy
  • Charles
  • Charley
  • Chris
  • Christopher
  • Clementine
  • Cole
  • Cristina
  • Cynthia
  • Dani
  • Dorothy
  • Elena
  • Ellen
  • Ema
  • Embry
  • Emma
  • Erika
  • Ernest
  • Estela
  • Ethan
  • Eva
  • Faith (2)
  • Frank
  • Gabriel
  • Godwin
  • Grayson
  • Imogen
  • Irina
  • Isabella
  • Jack
  • Jackie
  • Jacky
  • Jacqueline
  • James
  • Jane
  • Janeth
  • Janis
  • Janna
  • Jannette
  • Jasmine
  • Jaxon
  • Javier
  • Jenn
  • Jennifer
  • Jessica (tons)
  • Jodi
  • Julia
  • Kacey
  • Kevin
  • Kiersten
  • Lana
  • Landon
  • Laura
  • Lesia
  • Lilia
  • Liliana
  • Linda
  • Lisa
  • Luana
  • Maria
  • Marian
  • Marie
  • Marina
  • Marinos
  • Mary
  • Mayumi
  • Melissa
  • Michelle
  • Mildred
  • Morris
  • Natalia
  • Natalie (multiple)
  • Nathaniel
  • Nicole
  • Niki
  • Olga
  • Rebecca
  • Reina
  • Samuel
  • Sara (multiple)
  • Sarah (x1,000,000)
  • Sofia
  • Sofie
  • Sophie
  • Stefanie
  • Susanna
  • Teresa
  • Tracey
  • Vanessa
  • Veronica
  • Veronika
  • Victoria
  • Yumi