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


LINET.  Arthurian.  French form of Teutonic Linheit (q.v.), meaning "mild."  Also see Linette.

Linet, daughter of sir Persaunt, and sister of Liones of Castle Perilous (ch. 131).  Her sister was held captive by sir Ironside, the Red Knight of the Red Lands.  Linet went to king Arthur to entreat that one of his knights might be sent to liberate her; but as she refused to give up the name of her sister, the king said no knight of the Round Table could undertake the adventure.  At this, a young man nicknamed "Beaumains" (Gareth), from the unusual size of his hands, and who had been serving in the kitchen for twelve months, entreated that he might be allowed the quest, which the king granted.  Linet, however, treated him with the utmost contumely, calling him dish-washer, kitchen knave, and lout; but he overthrew all the knights opposed to him, delivered the lady Liones, and married her. (See Lynette)—Sir T. Malory: History of Prince Arthur, i. 120-153 (1470).
    N.B.—Some men nicknamed her "The Savage" (ch. 151).  Tennyson, in his Gareth and Lynette, makes Gareth marry Lynette, which spoils the allegory. (The Reader's Handbook of Famous Names in Fiction, Allusions, &c., Brewer, 1910)


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