|Author:||Cleveland Kent Evans (Authenticated as clevelandkentevans)|
|Date:||April 23, 2007 at 8:08:22 AM|
|Reply to:||Re: Segolene by Anneza|
As for the "o" -- I don't know how that particular letter would have come to be there, but the fact that there is a middle syllable may simply show that the name came into French from ancient Germanic instead of from modern German. Both Hanks & Hodges' A Dictionary of Surnames and my Dutch given name dictionary (by van der Schaar) give the most ancient Germanic form of Sieg- as "Sigi-". German Names (a surname dictionary) by Hans Bahlow also gives several ancient forms of Sieg- names with middle syllables, such as Segimundus for Sigmund, Sigeman for Siegmann, and Segewin and Sigewin for Siegwein. So it seems likely to me that both the modern German Sieglinde and the modern French Segolene are derived from a very ancient Germanic form which was something like "Sigilindi".
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