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

  

MILDTHRYTH.  Anglo-Saxon name meaning "mild threatener," from Old English milde "gentle, mild" and þryð "threat."  Modern English Mildred. (History of Christian Names, Yonge, 1884).

... The meaning generally attributed to Mildred is "one that is gentle of speech", but this is not the true meaning, for though mild means mild in Anglo-Saxon and German, red is always a masculine termination in Anglo-Saxon names.  Furthermore the original name was Mildthryth:  now thryth means commanding or threatening, so that the true meaning of the name is "one who is gently or mildly strict". (Girls' Christian Names, Swan, 1905).

... Mildgyth, Mildthryth (St. Mildred), and Milburh (St. Milburga), were the three holy daughters of Merewald, brother of Wulfhere, the first Christian King of Mercia, under whom he was sub-king of the "West-Hecanas," or "Magesaetas," the people, namely, of Herefordshire and South Shropshire, as is shown by the fact that in Merewald's day they received their first Bishop (Putta, a refugee from Rochester, A.D. 676), and that the diocese of his successors, the Bishops of Hereford, runs up to Wenlock Edge unto this day... (Shropshire Folk-lore, Burne-Jackson, 1886) 

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