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


ISDERNUS.  Probably of Welsh origin.  The French names Isderne and Ysderne both exist, and are probably from Welsh ysdarnwr or ysdernydd, meaning "a maker of pack-saddles," from ysdarn (a pack-saddle). (An English and Welsh Dictionary, Walters, 1828).

An extract from M. Millin's Travels in the Milanese, containing a description of one of the antiquities of the city of Modena: "One of the gates of the Duomo or cathedral is surrounded with curious basso relievos.  At the top of the arch is sculptured a town encompassed with walls, defended by a large embattled tower having two gates: within are seen two persons indicating their names.  Over one of the figures, which appears to be a female, stands WINL-OGETE, and over the other, apparently a man, is the word MARDOC.  Both seem on the point of quitting the town: they are not habited in military costume.  Without the walls is seen a citizen with folded hands, in token of submission to the warriors who came up on horseback to take possession of the place.  There are three on each side; they are covered with coats of mail, armed with spears having small flags attached to them, provided with shields round on one side and pointed on the other, and upon their heads they wear conical helmets, such as are observed on the monuments of the 10th and 11th century.  The first of these warriors is called, according to the inscription, BUR. MALTUS, the second ARTUS. DE. BRETANIA; the third ISDERNUS.  Those on the other side are named CARRADO, GALVACIN, GAVALRIUN CHE.  Artus de Bretania is the only one of these knights who is not armed; he is represented stooping and almost falling from his horse, as if wounded.  His name is also the only one that is recorded in history; but, so far from throwing any light upon the monument on which he is pourtrayed, he only serves to render it the more obscure.  It is difficult to conceive what should bring a British king to the city, and to the gate of the cathedral of Modena.  Some scholars have imagined that this basso-relievo represents the pillage of Modena by Attila or Odoacer; but Tiraboschi has proved that this city was not destroyed by Odoacer.  What should Arthur do there?  It is more natural to suppose, that the sculptor, whose name Villegmus (William) has an English form, was a native of Great Britain, and that he took pleasure in representing on this gate an event connected with his country, and persons whose names were known in the ancient traditions or chronicles..." (New Monthly Magazine and Universal Register, v.7, 1817)


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