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Subject: Re: Old German name Walram
Author: Andy   (guest)
Date: September 29, 2004 at 12:46:39 AM
Reply to: Re: Old German name Walram by Chrisell
I prefer the "raven ruler" myself. But you must not forget: Between the 5th and 11th century a lot of German names were just "made up" from two elements originally not related. The elements would be taken from father and mother (and sometimes from the grandparents).
With the father being called Hildebrand and the mother going by Gertrud, they could call their boys Gerbrand or Trudbrand, Hildger, Brandger or Trudger. Which left Hiltrud, Brantrud, Gerhild, Brandhild and Trudhild for the girls. So we have to be very careful when we try to understand a meaning of those old German names that exeeds the meaning of the two seperate elements.

Andy ;—)

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