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


CNUT.  Variant form of Anglo-Saxon Canute (q.v.), from Latin Canutus, from Danish Knud or Knut, from Old Norse Knútr (q.v.), meaning "knot" or "hill." (British Family Names: their Origin and Meaning, Barber, 1903).  Some other forms are Cnud, Knute, and Knútur.

    Canute or Cnut and Edmund Ironside.  William of Malmesbury says:  When Cnut and Edmund were ready for their sixth battle in Gloucestershire, it was arranged between them to decide their respective claims by single combat.  Cnut was a small man, and Edmund both tall and strong; so Cnut said to his adversary, "We both lay claim to the kingdom in right of our fathers; let us, therefore, divide it and make peace;" and they did so...
    Canute's Bird, the knot, a corruption of "Knut," the Cinclus bellonii, of which king Canute was extremely fond. (The Reader's Handbook of Famous Names in Fiction, &c., Brewer, 1899).


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