Origin of the name HALLDORA.
Etymology of the
Meaning of the baby name HALLDORA.
form of Halldor
(q.v.), a form of Old Norse Hallthórr
(q.v.), meaning "stone of Thor." Also spelled Hallthora.
(History of Christian Names, Yonge, 1884)
III. KIRKJUBÆR (KIRKBY).
On the northern side of the river Skaptáfellssýsla, in the
east of Iceland, is situated the homestead of Kirkby, which even from
times anterior to the discovery of the country by the Norsemen has been
inhabited by Christians. For when the first historic occupier, Ketil
the Foolish (who was a Christian), settled at the place towards the end of
the 9th century, he found it had been previously occupied by Christian
"papar," and all his descendants preserved their faith until
Christianity became the law of the land.
Here Thorlak son of Thorhall, the first national saint
of Iceland, bishop of Skalholt 1178-1193, founded the first convent for
nuns in Iceland 1186, and ordained that it should obey the rule of St.
Benedict, and that the abbess should have independent authority in all
matters relating to the convent itself. The first abbess here was
(1) Halldóra Eyjólfsdóttir, consecrated 1189, ob. 1210.
From this time until 1293 there are no records left relating to this
. . . .
(6) Halldóra Runolfsdóttir, consecrated 1387, deposed a
few months afterwards.
(7) Halldóra, apparently different from the
preceding, died of the Black Death in 1402, when six of the sisterhood
perished, while seven survived... (The Downside Review, v.16, 1897)