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GenderFeminine
UsageEnglish

Meaning & History

Middle English form of the Old English name Ælfþryð meaning "elf strength", derived from the element ælf "elf" combined with þryð "strength". Ælfþryð was common amongst Anglo-Saxon nobility, being borne for example by the mother of King Æðelræd the Unready. This name was rare after the Norman conquest, but it was revived in the 19th century.
VariantsElfrieda, Elfrida
DiminutiveFrieda
Other Languages & CulturesÆlfþryð, Ælfthryth Anglo-Saxon Elfriede, Frieda, Friede German

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Entry updated May 31, 2018   Contribute