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.