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


ÆLFGAR.  Anglo-Saxon name composed of the Old English elements ælf "an elf, a genius," and gár "point of an arrow or spear; arrow, spear, dart, javelin, missile," also "biting, cutting cold," hence "elf spear." (A Compendious Anglo-Saxon and English Dictionary, Bosworth, 1901).  Also see Elfgar. (History of Christian Names, Yonge, 1884)

... Beyond the Humber Tostig's elevation was accepted at first with sullen indifference, but further south it led at once to trouble, being much resented by Earl Aelfgar, who regarded it as a menace to the Mercian house.  Aelfgar's opposition went so far that Harold was able to represent his conduct as treasonable, and in the upshot obtained the consent of a witan to his outlawry.  Thereupon Aelfgar, as Harold had done in similar circumstances, withdrew to Ireland, where he soon recruited a fleet manned by adventurous Irish and Danes, and then, eager for revenge, offered his services to the Welsh for an attack on those who had driven him out of England. (The Cambridge Medieval History, Bury, 1922)


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