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Subject: Re: Legitimacy of "Arianell"
Author: Cleveland Kent Evans   (Authenticated as clevelandkentevans)
Date: May 4, 2010 at 5:03:08 PM
Reply to: Legitimacy of "Arianell" by Anna
Well, a little Googling seems to show that this name does occur in some early writings about St. Dyfrig of Wales as the name of a demoniac girl he cured.

http://books.google.com/books?id=so7R-Z1VB1wC&pg=PA80&lpg=PA80&dq=arianell+wales&source=bl&ots=BruZoI-pc9&sig=uhGBfiBBXBkkIaULWxm5oCdJxKY&hl=en&ei=17LgS4uXKI2G9ATwzKy-CQ&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=10&ved=0CCkQ6AEwCQ#v=onepage&q=arianell&f=false

It also occurs in "Lives of the British Saints" by Baring-Gould:

http://books.google.com/books?id=n-QtAAAAIAAJ&pg=PA168&lpg=PA168&dq=arianell+wales&source=bl&ots=1VVbfh2QNJ&sig=Ba8ZclRdzmKe7zabPWB7kWxroN8&hl=en&ei=CLTgS5aEHJWS8QTszJ3UCQ&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CAUQ6AEwADgU#v=onepage&q&f=false

I do not know if modern historians think this person really existed or if her story is just a legend. And so far I have not been able to find any examples of Welsh women named Arianell besides this cured demoniac saint. But at least it is a name that goes back a while in this story of St. Dyfrig.

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