Usage Medieval English
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Contributor Contrib.Laurea on 7/30/2007
Apparently derived from the Old English elements hroð "glory, fame" (or possibly Germanic hros "horse", as found in Rosalind) and frið "peace, happiness". It was mentioned by the 12th-century English historian Reginald of Durham as belonging to a 7th-century Christian woman who, with Seigiv, had worshipped at the lost chapel of Saint Cuthbert in the Slitrig valley. James A.H. Murray, founder of the Oxford English Dictionary, gave it to his fourth daughter in 1884.