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Meaning & History

Derived from the Germanic element odal meaning "fatherland" or aud meaning "wealth, fortune". Saint Odilia (or Odila) was an 8th-century nun who is considered the patron saint of Alsace. She was apparently born blind but gained sight when she was baptized.
VariantsAuda, Odila
Masculine FormsAudo, Odilo, Odo, Otto
Other Languages & CulturesOdelia, Odetta, Ottoline English Odile, Odette French Oda, Odilie, Ottilie, Ute German Odeta Lithuanian Oda Norwegian Otylia Polish Otília Portuguese Otilia Romanian Odalis, Odalys Spanish Ottilia Swedish
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Sources & References

  • Ernst Förstemann, Altdeutsches namenbuch (1900), page 1184
  • Ernst Förstemann, Altdeutsches namenbuch (1900), page 188


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Entry updated December 3, 2014   Contribute