What's in a Name? | More Medieval-ness

Aaaaand this post comes merely a day late.  :]  That's not bad, seeing as I helped with the removal of brush and tree limbs yester-morn and then it was the evening shift at LifeWay. 

Anywho, mah dears, here's another set of Medieval names!


Dunstan
Gender:  Masculine
Usage:  English (rare), Anglo-Saxon
Pronunciation:  DUN-stǝn (English)
Meaning & History
From the Old English elements dun "dark" and stan "stone."  This name was borne by the archbishop of Canterbury, a 10th-century saint.  Occasionally used in the Middle Ages, it died out after the 16th century, but was revived again by the Tractarian movement in the 19th century.
Kinsley
Gender:  Feminine
Usage:  English (modern)
Pronunciation:  KINZ-lee
Meaning & History
From a surname which is derived from the given name Cynesige, taken from the Old English cyne "royal" and sige "victory."
Godric
Gender:  Masculine
Usage:  Anglo-Saxon
Pronunciation:  GAHD-rik (English)
Meaning & History
Means "power of God," and is derived from Old English god combined with ric "power, rule." This name faded away a few centuries after the Norman conquest.
Hilda
Gender:  Feminine
Usage:  English, German, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Spanish, Anglo-Saxon (Latinized), Ancient Germanic
Pronunciation:  HIL-dǝ (English), HIL-dah (German, Dutch)
Meaning & History
Originally a short form of names containing the Germanic element hild meaning "battle."  It was used for both Old English and continental Germanic names, and was borne by Saint Hilda of Whitby, a 7th-century saint and abbess.  This name became rare in the Middle Ages, but was revived come the 19th century. 


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4 comments

ashley said...

These are always so interesting! And the pictures you put with them seem fitting :P

Katie Grace said...

I have a character with the name of Duston in my novel, which reminds me a lot of Dunstan. He's older like the person in the picture, but is not anywhere near that person physically. xP
Thanks for sharing such awesome names! :D

proverbs31teen said...

Ooh, Kinsley, I love it!!! Dunstan was actually the name of a character in a series my dad and I were reading... I'll never be able to use that name again. ;)

Sarah Elizabeth said...

Ashley: Thanks, girlie! I try to find photos for that purpose, simply to give an idea of how I would imagine a character with that name. :]

Katie Grace: And thank you for the comment! ;D That's awesome. And Duston is a pretty cool spelling--I like it!

Proverbs31Teen: Yes, me too! And that's awesome! What kind of character was he, if you don't mind my asking? :]