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GenderFeminine

Meaning & History

Meaning unknown, from Igerna, the Latinized form of Welsh Eigyr. In Arthurian legend she is the mother of King Arthur by Uther Pendragon and the mother of Morgan le Fay by Gorlois. The Welsh form Eigyr or Eigr was rendered into Latin as Igerna by the 12th-century chronicler Geoffrey of Monmouth.
VariantIgerna
Other Languages & CulturesEigyr Welsh Mythology

Categories

Arthurian legend, literature, uncertain etymology
Entry updated September 1, 2013   Contribute