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Subject: Re: Interesting Germanic names from the Merovingian dynasty.
Author: Miranda   (Authenticated as Randee15)
Date: May 10, 2005 at 1:29:37 PM
Reply to: Interesting Germanic names from the Merovingian dynasty. by Lucille
Many of these are easy for me:
Amalsuintha - Variant of Amalswintha, composed of Germanic amal "work"/"labour" and swinþ "strength"
Audefleda - Composed of Germanic adal "noble" and Old English flæd "beauty". Mixing elemental origins was not uncommon, especially after a conquering when new names and elements would've been introduced to the native populace
Cassander - Definitely a masculine form of Cassandra. Cassandra's mythological story was popular in the Middle Ages, and consequently the name was one of the few Greek names used in this era; nevertheless, Cassandra and Cassander were still quite rare. Cassander was probably the vernacular form of Cassandra, even for girls
Chlodmir / Chlodomir / Chlodomer - From Germanic hlud "fame" and meri "famous" (or marah "horse", but this is highly unlikely), or from Slavic mir "peace" (unlikely, but see note above about mixing elemental origins)
Chlodoswintha - From Germanic hlud "fame" and swinþ "strength"
Clothar / Chlotaire - Variant of Lothair / Lothar
Farabert - From Germanic fara "journey" and beracht/beraht "bright" (or Old English beorht "bright")
Francus - Latinisation of Frank
Haragund - From Germanic heri "army" (or Old English here "army") or Old English hara "hare" (more unlikely) combined with Germanic gund "war"
Hermenegild - Form of Hermenegildo
Ingunda - Combination of Ing, the name of a Norse/Germanic fertility god (meaning "he who is foremost"), and Germanic gund "war"
Leovigild - Possibly from Old English leof "dear"/"beloved"/"agreeable" and Germanic gild "sacrifice"
Odomir - From Germanic od "wealth"/"riches"/"fortune" and meri "famous". The second element could also come from Slavic mir "peace"
Richemar / Richimir - From Old English ric "ruler"/"rule"/ "power" and Germanic meri "famous". The second element could also come from Slavic mir "peace"
Sigeric - From Old English sige "victory" and ric "ruler"/"rule"/ "power"
Sunno - Possibly from Old English sunne "sun", but that leaves Huano unexplained
Theudebert - From Germanic þeud "people" beracht/beraht "bright" (or Old English beorht "bright")
Theuderic - Yes, I would say this is Theodoric. However, Dietrich's the modern German form of Theodoric; the Germanic would've been Theuderic or þeudric (Anglicised to Theudric, Theodric, Thiudric, or maybe even Theoric, Theuric, or Thiuric)
Theodofred - From Germanic þeud "people" and frid "peace" (or Old English fred/frið "peace")
Theodomir - From Germanic þeud "people" and meri "famous". The second element could also come from Slavic mir "peace"
Thiudigotho - Combination of Germanic þeud "people" and "Goth", the name of the ancient Germanic tribe which eventually evolved into the Visigoths and Ostrogoths (and are the source of the term "Gothic", as in "architecture"). The tribe's name doesn't appear to have any specific meaning; see here for more:

I hope this helps!

EDIT: + More possible þeudric Anglicisations

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