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


GELVIRA.  Old Portuguese form of Gothic Gailavira (q.v.), meaning "gallant woman."

    Simeonis, episcopus Burgensis, confirmat.—Gelvira,* proles Fredenandi regis, confirmat...
    * The signature here, Gelvira, is also of much interest, as this is the Elvira, sister of the king Sancho, who was deprived of the city of Toro by her brother, which city she had received from king Ferdinand, her father, in his unwise division of the Spanish crown...
(Poem of the Cid, Huntington, 1908)

The Goths... left a far stronger impression on the nomenclature than on the language.  Alfonso, Fernando, Rodrigo, Berengario, Fruela, Ramiro, Ermesinda, are undoubtedly theirs; but other very early names continue extremely doubtful, such as Ximen and Ximena, Urraca, Elvira, or Gelvira, Alvaro, Permudo, Ordoño, Velasquita, all appearing in the earliest days of the little Christian kingdoms, though not in the palmy times of the Gothic monarchy. (History of Christian Names, Yonge, 1884)


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