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8/24/2012, 1:54 AM SeaHorse15
8/23/2012, 8:55 PM SeaHorse15

Name AlfÍfa
Gender Feminine
Usage Icelandic, Ancient Scandinavian
Other Forms FormsÁlfífa, Fífa (Faroese form: Fípa)
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Meaning & History

Old Norse name of uncertain meaning, the first element possibly from *#alu# "protection, fortune" or #alfr# "elf"; the second element, #fífa# means "cotton grass" and occurs in Old Icelandic poetry as a metaphor for "arrow" (a similar word, #fífla#, was used in 'Grettis saga' to mean "a girl"). Alternatively it may be related to the Norwegian ALFIVA (a form of ÆLFGIFU).
Added 8/23/2012 by SeaHorse15