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Subject: Re: Jilaudus / Gilandus.
Author: Domhnall   (guest, 68.161.172.86)
Date: March 25, 2004 at 11:45:14 PM
Reply to: Jilaudus / Gilandus. by Lucille
I'm also inclined to agree with you due in part to Devonelisa's notes and to the habit of hypercorrection in French. Such as:
RENAUD for REYNOLD
ARNAUD for ARNOLD
GERAUD for GERALD

You're right, it does sound rather French, likely from a Latin (Aegidinus?) or Germanic (Giselland?) root name. Now an '-and' suffixed name becoming '-aud' in French is a bit of a stretch, but not unexplainable. The next best place to look are the low-German languages. Dutch and Flemish frequently morph a name unrecognizable and then might add a Latin '-us' suffix later.

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