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


ESTRILD.  Arthurian.  German or Scythian.  "Star-battle."   Another name for the Cornish or Welsh Esyllt/Essylt (q.v.), French Iseult (q.v.), which again go back to the German Ishild ("ice-fighter").  Also spelled Estrildis, which see.

... in this battell against the Hunnes were three yong damsels taken of excellent beautie, specially one of them, whose name was Estrild, daughter to a certeine king of Scythia.  With this Estrild king Locrine fell so farre in loue, notwithstanding a former contract made betwixt him and the ladie Guendoloena, daughter to Corineus duke of Cornwall, that he meant yet with all speed to marie the same Estrild... (Holinshed's Chronicles of England, Scotland, and Ireland, v.1, 1807)

When Locrine deserted Gwendolen for the sake of Estrild, a fair German captive, she made war upon him, in the course of which he was killed, and Estrild and her daughter Sabrina, or Avern, were made prisoners; whereupon, the jealous and revengeful queen caused both to be drowned in the river, thenceforth called Sabrina or Severn; in Welsh, Hafreu, where we may hope that the damsel became the lovely nymph who "listened and saved" the lady from Comus and his crew.  Estrild is Essylt (or Iseult) in the Welsh which Geoffrey copied. (History of Christian Names, Yonge, 1884)


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