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Subject: ALF-RED or AL-FRED?
Author: Andy   (guest, 84.128.204.153)
Date: September 3, 2004 at 11:54:44 PM
The usual explanation of the name ALFRED (like on this board) is:
Ælf (elf) + ræd (counsil). But in one book I found a different derivation: Al (= adal, noble) + fred (peace etc.), which makes a lot of sense, too.
Could it be that on the continent there was AL-FRED and in England (or Britain) there was ALF-RED and that at one point the two met and were considered one name?
I wonder if there is really any evidence for the AL-FRED explanation.

Andy ;—)

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