Gender Masculine

Meaning & History

Derived from the Old German elements alb "elf" and rih "ruler, king". It was borne by two Lombard dukes of Spoleto in the 10th century. It was also the name of a 12th-century French saint who helped found the Cistercian Order.

Alberich is a sorcerer dwarf who guards the treasure of the Nibelungen in the medieval German epic the Nibelungenlied. The dwarf also appears in Ortnit as a helper to the hero.

Related Names

Other Languages & CulturesÆlfric(Anglo-Saxon) Aubrey(English) Alberico(Italian) Auberon, Oberon(Literature) Elric(Medieval English) Auberi(Medieval French) Albarīks(Old Germanic) Alfríkr(Old Norse)


Sources & References

  1. Förstemann, Ernst. Altdeutsches Namenbuch. Bonn, 1900, page 71.
Entry updated December 7, 2022