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


GOUVERNAIL.  French Arthurian.  Tristan's friend and tutor.  Apparently from the office of governor (fem. governess).  The French word gouvernail, means "rudder, helm."  In Parzival, the German form is Kurvenal.

... In Malory we find the name "Gouvernail," and it seems probable that here again we have a term denoting an office converted into a proper name. (Parzival: a Knightly Epic, Eschenbach-Weston, 1912).

    And then [King Meliodas] let ordain a gentleman that was well learned and taught; his name was Gouvernail; and he sent young Tristram with Gouvernail into France, to learn the language, and nurture, and deeds of arms...
... Then when Sir Tristram was in his rich pavilion, Gouvernail his man came and told him how King Anguish of Ireland was come there, and how he was put in great distress; and there Gouvernail told to Sir Tristram how King Anguish of Ireland was summoned and accused of murder...
    ... For to make short this tale, that when Sir Tristram was arrived within the island, then he looked to the further side, and there he saw at an anchor six ships nigh to the land, and under the shadow of the ships, upon the land, there hoved [hovered] the noble knight Sir Marhaus of Ireland.  And then Sir Tristram commanded his servant Gouvernail for to bring his horse to the land, and dress his harness at all manner of rights.  And when he had so done, he mounted upon his horse.  And when he was in his saddle well apparelled, and his shield dressed upon his shoulder, Sir Tristram asked Gouvernail, "Where is this knight that I shall have to do withal?" 
    "Sir," said his servant Gouvernail, "see ye him not?  I wend ye had seen him, yonder he hoveth under the shadow of his ships upon horseback, and his spear in his hand, and his shield upon his shoulder." (The Boy's King Arthur, Malory-Lanier, 1880)


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