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


CHELINDA.  A Latin form of French Chelinde (q.v.), an Arthurian romance name of uncertain etymology, but possibly meaning "a boat," from French chaland.  See Donkin's note below. 

... This proved a lucky circumstance; for the lady was not only surprizingly handsome, but daughter to the King of Babylon, who had betrothed her to the Emperor of Persia, whither she was bound; when the ship that carried her met with a dreadful hurricane, and she alone survived the whole crew.  Her name was Chelinda; the beautiful and complaisant Princess was a few days after married to Sadoc. (An Entire New Collection of Romances and Novels, Never Before Published, Fielding-Walker, 1780)

Chaland Fr. a flat-bottomed boat, a transport, O.Fr. chalandre, O.Cat. xelandrin, L.L. chelandium chelinda zalandria, M.Gr. χελάνδιον.  These boats were chiefly used by the Byzantines, and prob. derived their name from χέλυδρος a turtle.  Fr. chaland, Sp. calan a trafficker are from chaland a boat, cf. barguigner from barca.  Others derive chaland from calo (Papias: calones negotiatores) and make the sense of boat a secondary one.  But the form will hardly suit this etymology. (An Etymological Dictionary of the Romance Languages, Donkin, 1864)


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