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


GUENNOLÉ.  Another form of Breton Guignole (q.v.), meaning "he that is fair." (History of Christian Names, Yonge, 1884).  In Cornwall the name is Gunwallo.  Also see Winwaloei.

... But the most ancient and celebrated of all these sanctuaries was that of Landevenec, which became the most active centre for the extension of Christianity, as well as of manual and literary labor, in Western Gaul.  Its founder was Guennolé, born in Armorica of an emigrant father, who, after having passed three years upon a rock beaten by the waves, chose for his disciples a wooded site hidden in a creek of the road of Brest, with an exposure towards the rising sun, sheltered from the terrible west wind, where the sea sighed at the feet of delicious gardens.  His biographer has preserved to us the impression made upon the Breton monks by this dwelling-place, which appeared a paradise to them after the bleak and cold coasts where they had been hitherto established.  "One could not die there," he says; and, in order that the Religious might see the end of their pilgrimage, Guennolé had to change their habitation to a site further off, but still to the east, where death was restored to its rights, but where, for long, the monks died only according to their age.
    The name of
Guennolé continues popular in Brittany, like that of many other holy abbots, come from beyond seas, or born in Armorica of emigrant parents... (The Monks of the West, from St. Benedict to St. Bernard, Montalembert, 1872)


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