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The two elements of Germanic dithematic names are almost always both nouns. The first element "ead" refers to inherited property, and thus status, wealth, fortune and happiness. This is the simple expression of the root which also produces Athel, Ethel, Adel (in Adelaide), "relating to inherited property, thus nobility" and odal "of the holding property through inheritance", as opposed to feudal "of the holding of property through fee of service".

The second element "mund" is literally "hand" (a distant cousin of Latin "manus"). It has an extended or figurative meaning applicable to name elements of "protection", as a superior offering his "hand", offered his protection.
thegriffon  5/21/2012

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