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

  

GIRFLET.  French.  The same as Giflet and Griflet, all of which are probably from gifle, gifler, or giroflée, meaning "a slap in the face" "a box on the ear."  According to Rees, the original name of the Arthurian character Girflet le Petit is, most probably, Eiddilic Corr (feeble dwarf).

    GIFLE, n.f. slap in the face; box on the ear.
    GIFLER, v.s. to slap; to box the ears of.
    ...
    GIROFLÉE, n.f.  1. (bot.) gillilflower, stock; 2.) box on the ear; slap in the face.
(A New French-English General Dictionary, Spiers, 1908).

... In Malory's Le Morte Darthur, Arthur is able to walk no more, and the death of the grievously wounded Lucans is caused by carrying his king.  The part of Girflet is taken in Darthur by Bedwere, the former's name not being even mentioned.  Both Darthur and the Prose-Lancelot agree that Arthur asks Bedwere (Girflet) to throw his sword into a lake, that Bedwere (Girflet) deceives Arthur twice before carrying out this wish, and then sees a hand rise out of the water, receive the sword, brandish and disappear with it... (Le Morte Darthur, Studies, Malory-Lang, 1903)

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