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

  

ÆTHEL.  Unisex.  Anglo-Saxon name, derived from Old English æþele, meaning "noble." (Oldest English Texts, Sweet, 1885)  Used as a short form of longer names containing aethel.

... from Egbert to Alfred the great (837-871) four successive kings had names beginning with "AETHEL" (our "Ethel") meaning "noble"; for a king to bear the name Aethelwulf (noble wolf) is ample testimony to a primitive and very likely a fierce state of society; nineteen descendants of Alfred the great had names beginning with "Ead" (meaning "wealth," the "e" pronounced like "y") or with "aethel"; the last king with the latter name Aethelred (978-1016) or "noble counsel" certainly seems to give cause for hope that the times were not quite so wild as when "noble wolf" was king (837-858)... (One Branch of the Fay Family Tree, Johnson, 1913)

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