Gender Masculine

Meaning & History

Derived from the Old English elements æðele "noble" and wine "friend". This was the name of a few Anglo-Saxon saints, including a 7th-century bishop of Lindsey. The name became rare after the Norman Conquest.

Related Names

Other Languages & CulturesAlwin(Dutch) Alvin, Elvin(English) Alwin(German) Adalwin, Alwin(Germanic)
Same SpellingÆthelwine


Sources & References

  1. Prosopography of Anglo-Saxon England, available from
  2. Searle, William George. Onomasticon Anglo-Saxonicum. Cambridge, 1897, page 58.
Entry updated December 7, 2022