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People often regard the meaning of this name 'boar warrior' as vulgar, but they fail to consider what the boar meant and symbolised for the Anglo-Saxons.

The boar was one of their most sacred animals; it was held in reverence as a creature of great strength/power and a talisman of divine protection in battle. It has been linked to the god Ingui-Frea, who is the legendary father of the Ingaevonic tribes (Frisians, Saxons, Angles & Jutes).

Of course, these ancient Germanic names are wont to sound strange and crude to today's English speakers; the English language we know today having been so heavily latinised by ecclesiastical and Norman French influence.
Beornhild  3/9/2007

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