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GenderFeminine
UsageEnglish

Meaning & History

From the Old English name Æbbe, meaning unknown, perhaps a contracted form of a longer name. Saint Ebba was a 7th-century daughter of King Æthelfrith of Bernicia and the founder of monasteries in Scotland. Another saint named Ebba was a 9th-century abbess and martyr who mutilated her own face so that she would not be raped by the invading Danes.
Other Languages & CulturesÆbbe Anglo-Saxon
Same SpellingEbba (1)

Categories

martyrs, Orthodox saints, saints, uncertain etymology
Entry updated May 31, 2018