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

  

MORCADES.  Arthurian.  Gawain's mother, and the place she ruled over.  An altered form of Orcades (q.v.), meaning "Orkney," i.e. "whale island." 

    Since the publication of the first edition of the De Ortu,... M. Paul Meyer has discovered two fragments of a French metrical romance which he has edited under the title of Enfances Gauvain in Romania XXXIX, 1 ff. (1910).  The beginning of the poem is lost and the first fragment opens in the midst of a speech of Arthur's sister, called here Morcades, addressed to Arthur.  She asks for permission to retire for some months to a castle (named Bel Repaire in the second fragment) with her "pucele" (companion, we will call her) and a vallet (Lot, as appears later).  Only persons of approved character or accompanied by Arthur are to be admitted to the castle.  Arthur consents.  Seven months later she secretly gives birth to a son.  The father of the child is Lot.  There lived not far away an unmarried knight, Gauvain le Brun, who was courting Morcades' companion.  Wishing to rid themselves of the child, Lot and Morcades turn it over to this girl and she is carrying it off when she meets her lover, Gauvain le Brun.  Binding him over to secrecy she tells him of her mistress's faux pas and he voluntarily takes charge of the boy, promising to have him baptized.  Gauvain fulfils his promise and gives the child his own name.  He then puts it back into its wrappings without disturbing the money and various articles, including a pall, which accompanied it.  It seems that Morcades had provided these articles for the purpose of future recognition—so too a letter to which Gauvain, however, makes additions... (Historia Meriadoci and De ortu Waluuanii, Bruce, 1913)

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