ALBINETmMedieval French Medieval French diminutive of ALBIN (as -et is a French masculine diminutive suffix). This given name is no longer in use in France, but it still survives there as a patronymic surname... [more]
AUBINETmMedieval French Medieval French diminutive of AUBIN (as -et is a French masculine diminutive suffix). This given name is no longer in use in France, but it still survives there as a patronymic surname (albeit barely, as the surname is extremely rare there nowadays)... [more]
BLANCHEFLEURfMedieval French, Literature Meaning "white flower" from the French elements blanche and fleur. Blanchefleur was the name of the heroine in the medieval romance of Floris and Blanchefleur. This was also the given name of the mother of Tristan in Tristan and Iseult.
BLONDELmMedieval French (?) According to legend, Blondel was a troubadour who rescued the English king Richard the Lionheart, who had been captured while returning from the Crusades and was being held for ransom. The story goes that Blondel traveled Europe looking for Richard by playing the first verse of a song only they knew... [more]
CERFmMedieval French, Medieval Jewish Means "stag (a large buck or male deer)" in French. Cerf sometimes appears in historical documents concerned with the Jews of Alsace and early modern France; it was a local translation of the Yiddish HIRSH, meaning "deer", the Hebrew equivalent of which is ZVI.
DISCIOLEfMedieval French Meaning unknown. The 6th-century Frankish saint Disciole (or Disciola), a niece of Saint SALVIUS of Albi and a favourite companion of Queen RADEGUND, "was noted for her saintly death, which is described in detail by Gregory of Tours".
DOMARDmAncient Germanic, Medieval French Derived from Gothic dôms (which is cognate with Old High German tuom) meaning "judgement" combined with Gothic hardus (hart in Old High German) meaning "brave, hardy".... [more]
DOUCELINmMedieval French The first element of this name is derived from Old French dous meaning "sweet, soft", which is ultimately derived from Latin dulcis meaning "sweet". The second element consists of the French diminutive suffix -lin... [more]
ELISANNAfMedieval French Of uncertain origin and meaning. A current theory considers the name a Romance construction made by truncating ELIZABETH arbitrarily to Elis-, and then augmenting with an arbitrary ending.
ENGELAISfMedieval French, Medieval Picard Old French form of the Germanic name Engilheid, which was composed of the elements Angil, the name of a Germanic tribe known in English as the Angles, and heid "kind, sort, type".
ERECmMedieval French (Archaic) Old French name, presumably a form of ERIC, borne by the hero of the Arthurian romantic poem "Erec and Enide" by Chrétien de Troyes (completed c. 1170). This poem is thought to be the basis for the later Welsh story "Geraint and Enid" in the Mabinogion.
GUNNORfMedieval English, Medieval French Anglo-Norman form of the Old Norse name Gunnvör (see GUNVOR), documented in 1066 (the year of the Norman conquest). The name Gunnvör occurs frequently in Old Danish as Gunnur (or Latin Gunwara), also appearing in Old Swedish as Gunnur and Gunvor... [more]
GURDONmScottish Gaelic, Medieval French From the place of that name in Berwickshire, Scotland, which got its name from the Old Gaelic gor, meaning "large" or "spacious", plus dun, meaning "fort," all together meaning "large fort"... [more]
HERRADfMedieval French Etymology unknown. This was the name of a 12th-century Alsatian nun and abbess of Hohenburg Abbey.
HODIERNAfMedieval French (Latinized) From Odierne, an Old French form of a Germanic name possibly composed of the elements od "riches, wealth, fortune" and gern "eager, desiring" (Gothic gairns), the spelling presumably altered to resemble Latin hodierna "of today, present, existing now"... [more]
INGBERTAfMedieval French, Medieval Old German, Old Icelandic ing(i), of uncertain origin but perhaps identical with the god name Ing or Yngvi, also of uncertain origin + Proto-Germanic berhtaz.... [more]
JACQUETmMedieval French Medieval French diminutive of JACQUES. Known bearers of this name include the French composer Jacquet of Mantua (1483-1559) and the Franco-Flemish composer Jacquet de Berchem (c... [more]