Gender Masculine
Pronounced Pron. A-dhehl-rehd(Old English) ATH-əl-rehd(English)  [key·IPA]

Meaning & History

Derived from the Old English elements æðele "noble" and ræd "counsel, advice". This was the name of two Saxon kings of England including Æðelræd II "the Unready" whose realm was overrun by the Danes in the early 11th century. The name was rarely used after the Norman Conquest.

Related Names

Other Languages & CulturesEthelred(English)
Same SpellingÆþelræd


Depiction of Æthelred the Unready fom the 13th centuryDepiction of Æthelred the Unready fom the 13th century


Sources & References

  1. Prosopography of Anglo-Saxon England, available from
  2. Searle, William George. Onomasticon Anglo-Saxonicum. Cambridge, 1897, page 46.
Entry updated December 7, 2022