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


MODWENNA.  Variant form of Cornish Mawdwen (q.v.), probably meaning "mannerly woman." (History of Christian Names, Yonge, 1884). 

    S. Modwenna of Whitby.  She was an Irish abbess, called in her own country, Monynna.  She was visited by Alfrid, son of Oswy, who in 670 fled to Ireland, and, as Bede tells us, remained there some time.  Afterwards, Modwenna crossed into Northumbria, and Alfrid, who was now king, placed her over the Monastery of Whitby, that had been founded by S. Hilda, in 658.  She had charge of Alfrid's sister Elfleda, but soon left and returned to Ireland.  She died about 695. (Journal of the Royal Institution of Cornwall, vol. 15, 1906)


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