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Subject: Re: Old German name Walram
Author: Chrisell   (Authenticated as Chrisell)
Date: September 28, 2004 at 11:39:28 PM
Reply to: Old German name Walram by Andy
All of the Germanic Wal- names on this site contain the element wald, meaning "rule", so I'd say that's where it comes from. I agree with you over hraban. So it'd be "raven ruler" or something like that.

The Walhalla (Valhalla) translation seems unlikely - if I'm not mistaken, Valhalla is a Norse myth so the wal/val part would be from Norse rather than Old German, and while mix-n-match-linguistics (:-D) names aren't unknown it's probably more likely that the two parts came from the same source.

:-)

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