Origin of the name GISELRIC.
Etymology of the
Meaning of the baby name GISELRIC.
GISELRIC. Gothic name meaning "pledged
ruler," from Teutonic gisel "pledge" and rich
The Spanish form is Gisalrico.
(History of Christian Names, Yonge, 1884).
... At Narbonne, where the
defeated Visigoths halted, they quarrelled about a new king, whether
Giselric, the elder, but illegitimate, or Amalaric, the legitimate son
of Alaric II., should succeed him. The question was settled by the
choice of both, and they were proclaimed joint kings of the Visigoths,
with Thiodes, or Theudes, as their guardian, a post which had been
originally given to him by the father of the princes. Another
authority says that Giselric was elected, that Theodoric the Great sent
an Italian army to assert the rights of Amalaric, and that Thiodes was
commander of this host, who defeated Giselric, compelled him to return
to Africa, and become guardian of the rightful heir. (A History of
Gibraltar and Its Sieges, Mann, 1870)