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Origin of the name AMALASONTHA.
Etymology of the name AMALASONTHA.
Meaning of the baby name AMALASONTHA.


AMALASONTHA.  Gothic name, composed of the elements amal "work" and swinth "strength," hence "work strength."  Amalasontha is what historians call Amalaswinth. (History of Christian Names, Yonge, 1884)

The birth of Amalasontha, the regent and queen of Italy, united (A.D. 522-534) the two most illustrious families of the Barbarians.  Her mother, the sister of Clovis, was descended from the long-haired kings of the Merovingian race; and the regal succession of the Amali was illustrated in the eleventh generation, by her father, the great Theodoric, whose merit might have ennobled a plebeian origin.  The sex of his daughter excluded her from the Gothic throne; but his vigilant tenderness for his family and his people discovered the last heir of the royal line, whose ancestors had taken refuge in Spain; and the fortunate Eutharic was suddenly exalted to the rank of a consul and a prince.  He enjoyed only a short time the charms of Amalasontha, and the hopes of the succession; and his widow, after the death of her husband and father, was left the guardian of her son Athalaric, and the kingdom of Italy. (The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Gibbon, v.4, 1901)


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