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Subject: Re: origin of a name...
Author: Cleveland Kent Evans   (Authenticated as clevelandkentevans)
Date: February 8, 2007 at 7:42:59 PM
Reply to: origin of a name... by ZaZa
The interpretation of "brave" and "war" given on this site is the same as that given in Hanks & Hodges's A Dictionary of First Names. The German and Dutch name dictionaries I own (Knaurs Vornamen Buch and Woordenboek van Vooornamen) have a somewhat different interpretation. They both agree with this site that the second syllable, gunde, goes back to a word that meant "strife, fight, battle". However, they state that the first syllable, kunne, meant "sex, kindred, tribe" and interpret the combined meaning as "fighter for the tribe" or "fighter for one's kin." I hasten to add that I'm sure that "sex" here means "gender", not "sexual intercourse", so you might stretch this to possibly have meant "fighter for her fellow women", but if your teacher wants you to say it means "one who fights for sex" in the intercourse sense I think he's barking up the wrong tree, though that may be what he's going for and why "nobody has gotten" what he's looking for.

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