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||May 2, 2011 at 2:25:15 PM
So my question deals with the name "Hygelac". In Beowulf it's given to a male figure. I've heard that Anglo-Saxons of noble birth usually took two-word compounds for their names and that the last element had to be of masculine gender if they were male or feminine gender if they were female. Hygelac seems a lot like "Mind Play" or something similar. The only catch is that its last element +lac is either feminine or neuter in gender - not masculine. So how could it have been given to a male figure? It'd be like naming this guy Pauline instead of Paul.
I'm also wondering if the last element in an Anglo-Saxon male's name can be neuter if the first is masculine. That would potentially explain this discrepancy away.
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- Hygelac - Visitor May 2 2011, 2:25:15 PM