Origin of the name EDIULF.
Etymology of the
Meaning of the baby name EDIULF.
Teutonic. Cognate with Old Norse Audúlfr
(q.v.), meaning "rich wolf." The Anglo-Saxon form is Eadwulf.
... Amongst the Amalungs occur
many names compounded with vulf, which reminds us of their
side-branch, the Wülfings; if it be not too bold, I would even connect
Isarna (Goth. Eisarna) with Isangrim. To me the four sons of
Achiulf seem worthy of particular notice: Ansila,
and Hermenrich. Of the last we have just spoken, and Ansila means
the divine; our present concern is with Ediulf and Vuldulf. I find
that Jornandes, cap. 54, ascribes to the Scyrians also two heroes Edica
and Vulf; the Rugian Odoacer has a father Eticho and a brother
and the legend on the origin of the Welfs has the proper names Isenbart,
Irmentrud, Welf and Etico constantly recurring. Now, welf is
strictly catulus (huelf, whelp, ON. hvelpr), and distinct from wolf;
natural history tells us of several strong courageous animals that are
brought into the world blind; the Langobardic and Swabian genealogies
play upon dogs and wolves being exposed; and as Odoacer, Otacher (a
thing that has never till now been accounted for) is in some versions
called Sipicho, ON. Bicki, and this means dog (bitch), I suspect a
similar meaning in Edica, Eticho, Ediulf, Odacar, which probably affords
a solution of the fable about the "blind Schwaben and Hessen":
their lineage goes back to the blind Welfs. In the genealogy Ediulf
is described as brother to Ermenrich, in later sagas Bicki is counsellor
to Iörmunrekr; the Hildebrandslied has but too little to say of
Otacher. Then Vuldulf also (perhaps Vuldr-ulf) will signfiy a
glorious beaming wolf (see Suppl.).—As Siegfried eclipsed all other
Welisungs, so did Dieterich all the Amalungs; and where the epos sets
them one against the other, each stands in his might, unconquered,
unapproachable... (Teutonic Mythology, Grimm-Stallybrass, 1880).