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


WULFRIC.  Anglo-Saxon name meaning "wolf ruler," from Old English wulf "wolf," and rice "mighty, powerful, rich, wealthy." (A Handy Poetical Anglo-Saxon Dictionary, Baskervill, 1885)

WULFRIC, called Spot or Sprot (d. 1010), founder of Burton Abbey, was son of Leofwine, probably a thegn of Ethelred II, and himself signs charters as 'minister' or thegn.  The assumption that his father was Leofwine, earl of Mercia, and father of Leofric [q.v.], is uncorroborated by any satisfactory evidence, and the name Leofwine was extremely common.  Wulfric himself is sometimes, but probably erroneously, styled ealdorman, and Palgrave's suggestion that he was ealdorman of Lancaster is based on several misconceptions (Freeman, Norman Conquest, i. 671-2).  Wulfric owned lands in many parts of England, but chiefly in West Mercia.  He was killed on 18 May 1010 fighting against the Danes at the battle of Ringmere, near Ipswich.  He was buried in the cloisters of Burton Abbey, where also was buried his wife Ealhswith, who seems to have predeceased him, leaving issue one daughter.  The remains of an alabaster statue of Wulfric, which is believed to have replaced an earlier one, still exist at Burton Abbey. (The Dictionary of National Biography, Stephen-Lee, v.63, 1900)


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