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Meaning & History

Probably a diminutive of names beginning with the Old English element eald "old". It has been in use as an English given name since the Middle Ages, mainly in East Anglia. The British author Aldous Huxley (1894-1963) was a famous bearer of this name.
Feminine FormsAlvena, Alvina, Elvina
Other Languages & CulturesEaldræd, Ealdwine Anglo-Saxon Aldus Medieval English

Sources & References

  • Elizabeth Gidley Withycombe, The Oxford Dictionary of English Christian Names (1945)


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Entry updated December 3, 2014   Contribute