Anglish Given Names

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The following are English names which spring from Anglo-Saxon, or Old English; names that have not been greatly shaped, or otherwise lost thanks to the French overthrow of England. (Further reading on Wikipedia.) While there are many living names, many more names have been revived from their dead matches by their likenesses to words and names that outlived them. (Such as, Wilhelm/Willelm, from Old English Wilhelm, which was upset by the Norman name William/Guillaume.) In rare cases, such as Biblical names, a foreign name has been borrowed straight from its source to bypass the French influenced shapes of that name.

Germanic Names

The Names

The Germanic names are split into:
Fossilised: A name that, by way of a 'learned borrowing', often by a famous writer, has a fossilised Old English spelling while being used in New English. (Such as: Uhtred, from Bernard Cornwell's series of books and following show, The Last Kingdom; a name from the Old English Ūhtrǣd, which might otherwise have been spelled as Outred, as it's found in the living lastname.)
Hypothetical: A name that has cognates in other Germanic tongues but which is not attested in Old English.
Living: A name that is attested within the period of New English, whether having been in continuous use (such as Edward), or having been revived in a New English shape, as many were, in the 18th and 19th centuries. (Such as Ethel.)
Lastname: A name that is attested as a living name but which has not been in continuous use as a given name since Old English times. It might be from an Old English name that only lived on as a lastname (such as Alfrich), or from a word or name that was not a given name in Old English (such as Stanley).
Revived: A name that is attested as an Old English name but which does not have an attested shape in New English. Shaped anew by the writer of this writ by likeness to living, New English names and words. (Such as Wolfrich, from OE Wulfriċ, by likeness to the New English words wolf, rich, and attested names like Wolfroun and Aldrich.)

See the Make Your Own Name deal on this leaf for the meanings of the naming words.

Name Kind Namekind Whence Foreword Afterword Notes
Ackerley Lastname Acerlēah acer lēah Not a given name in OE. From a locational lastname, from OE “Acerlēah”, ploughed (acre) field (lea).
Acton Lastname Āctūn āc tūn Not a given name in OE. From a locational lastname, from OE “Āctūn”, meaning oak-town.
Addelm Revived Ādhelm ād helm Not linked to "Aldhelm" (as in the hallow, and in the 1818 tale written of him by Ripley) which is a shortening of the Norman name "Adelhelm".
Addis Revived Ādhyse ād hyse Not linked to the Hebrew name "Addis", which is a shape of "Adam".
Ailith Living Æþelgȳþ æþel gȳþ
Ainard Revived Ǣġenheard ǣġen heard
Ainbald Revived Ǣġenbeald ǣġen beald
Aingar Revived Ǣġengār ǣġen gār
Ainild Living Ǣġenhild ǣġen hild
Ainmer Revived Ǣġenmǣr ǣġen mǣr
Ainnar Revived Ǣġenhere ǣġen here
Ainrich Hypothetical *Ǣġenrīċe ǣġen rīċe Not found in OE, a hypothetical name akin to “Eric”, which comes from Old Norse.
Ainsley Lastname Ānsetllēah ǣġen setl + lēah Also spelled: Ansley. Not a given name in OE.
Ainsworth Lastname Ǣġenworþ ǣġen worþ Not a given name in OE. From a locational lastname, from OE “Ǣġenworþ”, meaning own/lonely-settlement.
Ainwolf Revived Ǣġenwulf ǣġen wulf
Alden Lastname Ealdwine eald wine See also: Aldwin.
Aldrich Lastname Ealdrīċe eald rīċe
Aldrin Lastname Aloren alor - Not a given name in OE. From the lastname Aldrin. Borne by the American astronaut and second man to ever walk on the moon, Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin (born 1930).
Aldwin Lastname Ealdwine eald wine See also: Alden.
Alf Living Alf ælf - A shortening of “Alfred”.
Alfie Living Alfa ælf - A shortening of “Alfred” that is now sometimes given as a standalone name.
Alfled Living Ælfflǣd ælf flǣd
Alfnoth Revived Ælfnōþ ælf nōþ
Alfred Living Ælfrǣd ælf rǣd Spread by Alfred the Great (849—889), king of Wessex, who freed the English from the Danish overcoming of England.
Alfrich Lastname Ælfrīċ ælf rīċe Aldridge is another offshoot, which has been blended with Ethelrich (from OE Æþelrīċ) and Aldrich (from OE Ealdlrīċ). Borne by many holymen, such as the great writer and holyman of Eynsham (955—1010), and also by the Hallow of Abingdon (d. 1005). Kin with the Norman names: Aubrey, Avery.
Alfswith Living Ælfswīþ ælf swīþ
Alger Living Ælfgār ælf gār Like many names that died out with the Norman overthrow, this Old English name was brought back in the 1800s.
Alkar Revived Ealhhere ealh here
Alkard Revived Ealhheard ealh heard
Alkbert Revived Ealhbeorht ealh beorht
Alkbury Revived Ealhburg ealh burg
Alkelm Revived Ealhhelm ealh helm
Alkmund Living Ealhmund ealh mūnd Borne by a 700s Hallow of Derby and Northumbria, and a 700s Hallow of Hexham, Northumberland.
Alkoun Revived Ealhhūn ealh hūn
Alkred Revived Ealhrǣd ealh rǣd
Alkrich Revived Ealhrīċ ealh rīċe
Alkswith Revived Ealhswīþ ealh swīþ
Alkward Revived Ealhweard ealh weard
Alkwer Revived Ealhwaru ealh waru
Alkwin Revived Ealhwine ealh wine Borne by the great writer, teacher and Hallow of York (735—804), after whom Alcuin College was named. The Latin spelling is Alcuin, or Alcuinus. See also: Alwin.
Alleaf Revived Ælflēof ælf lēof
Alrich Revived Ælriċ æl rīce Akin to the Norman name “Alaric”.
Alsey Revived Ælfsiġe ælf siġe
Alston Lastname Ælfstān , Æþelstān , Ealdstān , Ealstān ælf , æþel , eald , ealh stān Living name from the English Lastname Alston, which could come from sundry OE forenames, such as Ælfstān (elf-stone), Æþelstān (atheling-stone), Ealdstān (old-stone) or Ealstān (holy-stone).
Althrith Revived Ælfþrȳþ, Ealhþrȳþ ælf, ealh þrȳþ Two names that would have blended together over time, owed to their likeness when spoken. Can also be spelled: Elthrith.
Alton Lastname Ealdtūn eald tūn Not a given name in OE. From a locational lastname, from OE “Ealdtūn”, meaning old-town.
Alvald Revived Ælfweald ælf weald Borne by a 700s King of East Anglia, 700s King of Sussex, and by 700s and 800s kings of Northumbria.
Alvar Living Ælfhere ælf here
Alvara Living Ælfwaru ælf waru Likely a Latinised spelling. Can also be spelled as "Alver".
Alvard Revived Ælfġeard , Ælfheard , Ælfweard ælf ġeard , heard , weard A blend of a few Old English names that would likely have blended into one another over time.
Alvat Revived Ælfġēat ælf ġēat
Alvelm Revived Ælfhelm ælf helm
Alvey Revived Ælfhēah ælf hēah
Alvin Living Ælfwine ælf wine Borne by a widely known cartoon chipmunk in America in the 1960s.
Alvina Living Ælfwynn ælf wynn
Alvith Revived Ælfgȳþ ælf gȳþ
Alvive Revived Ælfġifu ælf ġifu Shortened in some Lastnames "Alvey".
Alvmer Revived Ælfmǣr ælf mǣr
Alvoun Revived Ælfhūn ælf hūn
Alvy Revived Ælfwīġ ælf wīġ
Alwin Lastname Ealhwine ealh wine Alwin has been shaped by a blending together of likewise names, such as "Alden" (from OE Ealdwine), "Alvin" (from OE Ælfwine), and "Athelwin" (from OE Æþelwine). Borne by the great writer, teacher and Hallow of York (735—804), after whom Alcuin College was named. See also: Alkwin.
Anbald Revived Andbeald and beald
Anbert Revived Andbeorht and beorht
Ancoal Revived Andcōl and cōl
Anfrith Revived Andfriþ and friþ
Anmer Revived Andemar and mǣr
Annar Revived Andhere and here
Announ Revived Andhūn and hūn
Anshoe Revived Andṡċoh and ṡċoh
Anwolf Revived Andwulf and wulf
Ardwolf Revived Eardwulf eorþe wulf Borne by a 700s King of Northumbria.
Armstrong Lastname - earm strang Not a given name in OE. From a lastname that began as a nickname for a man with a strong arm. Borne by the American astronaut and first man to walk on the moon, Neil Armstrong (1930-2012).
Ashar Revived Æṡċhere æṡċ here Not linked with the Hebrew name Asher. Only linked with the lastname Asher by sharing the same foreword, 'ash', as in someone who works with ashes.
Ashard Revived Æṡċheard æṡċ heard
Ashbert Revived Æṡċbeorht æṡċ beorht
Ashbury Lastname Æṡċburg æṡċ burg Not a given name in OE.
Ashey Revived Æṡċhēah æṡċ hēah
Ashford Lastname Æṡċford æṡċ ford Not a given name in OE.
Ashfrith Revived Æṡċfriþ æṡċ friþ
Ashlock Revived Æṡċlāc æṡċ lāc
Ashley Lastname Æṡċlēah æṡċ lēah Not a given name in OE. Like many Lastnames, it was once borne mostly for men, but it has shifted towards a womanly name.
Ashman Revived Æṡċmann æṡċ mann
Ashmer Revived Æṡċmǣr æṡċ mǣr
Ashmund Revived Æṡċmūnd æṡċ mūnd
Aspen Living - - - Not a given name in OE. From the name of the plant, or from the name of a ski resort town in Colorado.
Ashred Revived Æṡċrǣd æṡċ rǣd
Ashton Lastname Æṡċtūn æṡċ tūn Not a given name in OE.
Ashwald Revived Æṡċweald æṡċ weald
Ashwin Lastname Æṡċwine ♂ , Æṡċwynn ♀ æṡċ wine , wynn There is no link with the Hindi name Ashwin, which is from Sanskrit Aśvin.
Ashwolf Revived Æṡċwulf æṡċ wulf
Ashwood Lastname Æṡċwudu æṡċ wudu Not a given name in OE.
Ashwy Revived Æṡċwīġ æṡċ wīġ
Aston Lastname Ēasttūn ēast tūn Not a given name in OE.
Athelstan Fossilised Æþelstān æþel stān Can also be spelled: Ethelstan. Borne by the King of the Anglo-Saxons (924-927) and the King of the English (927-939). The name died out following the Norman overthrow. Brought back following Sir Walter Scott's (1771-1832) book, Ivanhoe.
Atley Lastname Ætlēah æt lēah Not a given name in OE.
Atwater Lastname Ætwæter æt wæter Not a given name in OE.
Atwell Lastname Ætwille æt wille Not a given name in OE.
Atwood Lastname Ætwudu æt wudu Not a given name in OE.
Atworth Lastname Ætworþ æt worþ Not a given name in OE.
Awald Hypothetical *Āwaweald āwa weald Not found in OE, a hypothetical name akin to “Ewald”, which comes from the mainland name “Ewawald”.
Badhild Living Beaduhild beadu hild Akin to the German name “Bathilda”.
Bagmund Revived Bēagmūnd bēag mūnd
Bagnoth Revived Bēagnōþ bēag nōþ
Bagstan Revived Bēagstān bēag stān
Balday Revived Bealddæġ beald dæġ
Baldive Revived Bealdġifu beald ġifu Shortened in some Lastnames as "Baldey".
Baldhelm Revived Bealdhelm beald helm
Baldhild Living Bealdhild beald hild
Baldhoun Revived Bealdhūn beald hūn
Baldred Revived Bealdrǣd beald rǣd Borne by an 800s King of Kent.
Baldrich Revived Bealdrīċ beald rīċe Kin with the Norman name 'Baldric'.
Baldwin Living Bealdwine beald wine The Old English name may have died out, but it would have ended up the same as the name 'Baldwin', which was brought by the Normans.
Bancroft Lastname Bēancroft bēan croft Not a given name in OE. Borne by American historian and ethnologist Hubert Howe Bancroft (1832-1918).
Barden Lastname Bærdenu bær denu Not a given name in Old English. From a locational lastname.
Barrington Lastname Beorningastūn beorn ing + tūn Not a given name in Old English. From a locational lastname, from OE Beorningastūn (the town of the folk of Beorna).
Barton Lastname Bærtūn bær tūn Not a given name in OE.
Baxter Lastname Bæcestre ♀ - - Meaning “baker”. From a a lastname that began as a feminine shape of the word “baker”. (As in, a spinster is a female spinner.)
Beck Lastname Bæċa bæċ - Either from the English Lastname Beck, or as a shortening of English Lastnames such as Beckham, from ON bekkr (beck, brook), kin with OE bæċ (beach).
Beddard Revived Beaduheard beadu heard
Bede Living Bēda bēd - Living name from OE bēd: To ask, bid, beseech, or a worshipping bead. Spread by the holyman and writer Bede (672–735).
Bedfrith Revived Beadufriþ beadu friþ
Bednoth Revived Beadunōþ beadu nōþ
Bedthane Revived Beaduþeġn beadu þeġn
Bedwald Revived Beaduweald beadu weald
Bedwolf Revived Beaduwulf beadu wulf
Bedwy Revived Beaduwīġ beadu wīġ
Beewolf Revived Bēowulf bēo wulf Brought into New English from Old English by J R R Tolkien in his wending of Beowulf, Sellic Spell, as the name Beewolf.
Beowulf Fossilised Bēowulf bēo wulf Fossilised spelling borrowed straight from the Old English folk tale of the same name.
Bentley Lastname Bentlēah bent lēah Not a given name in OE. Spread by English car maker Bentley Motors, started in 1919.
Benton Lastname Benttūn bent tūn Not a given name in OE.
Beresford Lastname Beoforsford beofor ford Not a given name in OE.
Berkeley Lastname Berclēah berċ lēah Spread by the Berkeley kindred of Gloucestershire, and later by the San Fransisco bough of the University of California. Kin with Barclay, a name brought by the Normans.
Bernard Living Beornheard beorn heard A blend of the Old English name Beornhard and Norman name Bernard.
Berndred Living Beornþrȳþ beorn þrȳþ Can also be spelled: Bernthrith. The word beorn, as found in OE bindnames, may have a root meaning of a man/child, and may not come from the same root word as beorn, found in Mainland Europe, meaning bear. It may therefore be mistakenly linked with Mainland European names such as Berengar.
Bernfled Revived Beornflǣd beorn flǣd
Bernfrith Revived Beornfriþ beorn friþ
Berngar Revived Beorngār beorn gār
Bernheath Revived Beornhǣþ beorn hǣþ
Bernhelm Revived Beornhelm beorn helm
Bernhey Revived Beornhēah beorn hēah
Bernich Revived Beorniċ beorn
Bernith Revived Beorngȳþ beorn gȳþ
Bernlof Revived Beornlāf beorn lāf
Bernmood Revived Beornmōd beorn mōd
Bernmund Revived Beornmūnd beorn mūnd
Bernred Revived Beornrǣd beorn rǣd Borne by a 700s King of Mercia.
Bernrich Revived Beornrīċ beorn rīċe
Bernsey Revived Beornsiġe beorn siġe
Bernstan Revived Beornstān beorn stān
Bernwald Revived Beornweald beorn weald
Bernwin Revived Beornwine ♂ , Beornwynn ♀ beorn wine , wynn
Bernwolf Revived Beornwulf beorn wulf Borne by an 800s King of Mercia.
Bernwy Revived Beornwīġ beorn wīġ
Bert Living Beorhta beorht - The latter-day bearing of 'Bert' is often as a shortening of the Norman name 'Albert' (kin with the native name Ethelbert).
Berta Living Beorhte beorht - The latter-day bearing of 'Berta' is often as a shortening of the Norman name 'Alberta'.
Bertar Revived Beorhthere beorht here
Bertelm Revived Beorhthelm beorht helm
Bertey Revived Beorhthēah beorht ġifu, hēah
Bertferth Revived Beorhtferhþ beorht ferhþ
Bertfrith Revived Beorhtfriþ beorht friþ
Berthank Revived Beorhtþanc beorht þanc
Bertive Revived Beorhtġifu beorht ġifu Also found shortened as the lastname Bertey.
Bertlof Revived Beorhtlāf beorht lāf
Bertmer Revived Beorhtmǣr beorht mǣr
Bertmund Revived Beorhtmūnd beorht mūnd
Bertnoth Revived Beorhtnoþ beorht nōþ
Berton Revived Beorhttūn beorht tūn
Bertrand Hypothetical *Beorhtrand beorht rand Not found in OE, a hypothetical name akin to “Bertrand”, which came to England with the Normans.
Bertred Revived Beorhtrǣd beorht rǣd
Bertren Hypothetical *Beorhtræfn beorht hræfn Not found in OE, a hypothetical name akin to “Bertram”, which came to England with the Normans.
Bertrich Revived Beorhtrīċ beorht rīċ Borne by a 700s King of Wessex.
Bertsey Revived Beorhtsiġe beorht siġe
Bertstan Revived Beorhtstān beorht stān
Bertoun Revived Beorhthūn beorht hūn
Bertwald Revived Beorhtweald beorht weald
Bertwer Revived Beorhtwaru beorht waru
Bertwin Revived Beorhtwine ♂ , Beorhtwynn ♀ beorht wine , wynn
Bertwolf Revived Beorhtwulf beorht wulf Borne by an 800s King of Mercia.
Bertwy Revived Beorhtwīġ beorht wīġ
Bertyils Revived Beorhtġils beorht ġīsel
Beverley Lastname Beoforlēah beofor lēah Not a given name in OE. Borne as a wepmanly name in the 1800s. Made well-known as a womanly name following the George Barr McCutcheon book, Beverly of Graustark (1904).
Billard Revived Billheard bill heard
Billfrith Revived Billfriþ bill friþ
Billnoth Revived Billnōþ bill nōþ
Birchall Lastname Berċheall berċ lēah Not a given name in OE.
Blackburn Lastname Blæcburna blæc burne Not a given name in OE.
Blackstone Lastname Blæcstān blæc stān Not a given name in OE.
Blackwell Lastname Blæcwille blæc wille Not a given name in OE.
Blagden Lastname Blæcdenu blæc denu Not a given name in OE.
Blake Lastname Blæc blæc -
Blakeley Lastname Blæclēah blæc lēah Not a given name in OE.
Blakeney Lastname Blæclnēah blæc nēah Not a given name in OE.
Blessing Living - bletsian - A puritanical name. Not known to be a name in Old English times.
Blithar Revived Blīþhere blīþ here
Blithrith Revived Blīþþrȳþ blīþ þrȳþ
Blossom Living - - - Began as a given name in the 1800s.
Blythe Living - blīþ - A modern coinage.
Bond Lastname Bonda - - From the lastname “Bond”. Also found as a standalone name in Old English.
Booker Lastname - - - From the lastname “Booker”, an occupational name for someone who made books.
Boot Revived Bōte bōt -
Borden Lastname Bārdenu bār denu Not a given name in OE.
Botwin Revived Bōtwine bōt wine
Botwolf Revived Bōtwulf bōt wulf
Brad Lastname Brāda brād - A shortening of lastnames such as Bradley.
Bradburn Lastname Brādburna brād burne Not a given name in OE.
Bradford Lastname Brādford brād ford Not a given name in OE.
Bradley Lastname Brādlēah brād lēah Not a given name in OE.
Brand Revived Branda brand -
Brandon Lastname Brōmdenu, Brōmdūn brōm denu, dūn Not wordlorely linked with Brendon. The latter bit could be from either OE denu (a den, dale) or dūn (a down, hill).
Branson Lastname Brandassunu brand sunu
Branton Lastname Brōmtūn brōm tūn Not a given name in OE. From a locational lastname, from OE “Brōmtūn”, meaning broom/brushwood town.
Braxton Lastname Braccastūn - tūn Not a given name in OE. From a locational lastname, from OE “Braccastūn”, meaning Bracca’s town.
Brenton Lastname Brynestūn bryne tūn
Breyswith Revived Breġoswīþ breġu swīþ
Breywald Revived Breġoweald breġu weald
Breywin Revived Breġowine breġu wine
Breywolf Revived Breġowulf breġu wulf
Briar Living - brær - Not a given name in OE. First became a name in the 1900s.
Bridgeley Lastname Bryċġlēah bryċġ lēah Not a given name in OE.
Brigham Lastname Bryċġhām bryċġ hām Not a given name in OE. Borne by Brigham Young, a prominent Morman and founder of Salt Lake City.
Brighton Lastname Bryċġtūn bryċġ tūn Not a given name in OE. From a locational lastname, from OE “Bryċġtūn”, bridge-town.
Brinnar Revived Brynhere bryne here
Brinning Revived Bryning bryne ing
Brinley Lastname Brynlēah bryne lēah Not a given name in OE. From a locational lastname, from OE “Brynlēah”, burnt-lea (field).
Brinwald Revived Brynweald bryne weald
Bristol Lastname Bryċġstow bryċġ stow Not a given name in OE.
Brock Lastname Brocca brocc -
Brockley Lastname Brōclēah brōc lēah Not a given name in OE.
Brockton Lastname Brōctūn brōc tūn Not a given name in OE.
Bromley Lastname Brōmlēah brōm wille Not a given name in OE.
Bromwell Lastname Brōmwille brōm lēah Not a given name in OE. Also spelled: Bramwell.
Bronson Lastname Brūnsunu brūn sunu Not a given name in OE.
Brooke Lastname - brōc - Not a given name in OE. From a locational lastname for someone who lived near a brook (a stream).
Brunard Revived Brūnheard brūn heard
Brunstan Revived Brūnstān brūn stān
Buck Living Bucca bucc - Mainly found as a name in the USA.
Buckley Lastname Buccalēah bucc lēah Not a given name in OE.
Burhard Revived Burgheard burg heard
Burhild Revived Burghild burg hild
Burhelm Revived Burghelm burg helm
Burnelm Revived Byrnhelm byrne helm
Burnferth Revived Byrnferþ byrne ferhþ
Burnfled Revived Byrneflǣd byrne flǣd
Burnild Revived Byrnhild byrne hild Akin to the German name “Brünhild”, from Old Norse “Brynhildr” of the Volsung Saga and Brunhilda of the Nibelung Saga; both of whom are likely set upon the life of the 600s Frankish Queen.
Burnoth Revived Burgnōþ burg nōþ
Burred Revived Burgrǣd burg rǣd Borne by an 800s King of Mercia.
Burrich Revived Burgrīċ burg rīċ
Bursey Revived Burgsiġe burg siġe
Burstan Revived Burgstān burg stān
Burton Lastname Burgtūn burg tūn Not a given name in OE.
Burwald Revived Burgweald burg weald
Burwin Revived Burgwine ♂ , Burgwynn ♀ burg wine , wynn
Burwolf Revived Burgwulf burg wulf
Buxton Lastname Bēagastūn bēag tūn Not a given name in OE. From a locational lastname for someone who came from the town of the same name in Derbyshire, so named for the stones by the spring that would shift about (bow) when touched.
Byron Lastname - - - Not a given name in OE. Named after Lord Byron (1784-1824), whose name comes from the Old English saying, “æt þǣm bȳrum” (at the [cow] byres [sheds]).
Cade Lastname Cada - - From the lastname “Cade”, which comes from the Old English name Cada, meaning “lumpy” or “swollen”.
Caldwell Lastname Caldwille cald wille Not a given name in OE.
Calvert Lastname Cealfhierde cealf hierde Not a given name in OE.
Cedric Fossilised Cerdic - - Brought back by Sir Walter Scott for the player in his book Ivanhoe, set after the Old English name “Cerdic”, with a metathesis of the “r”, a name which was borne by the starter of the Kingdom of Wessex.
Chad Living Ċeadda ċēad -
Chadley Lastname Ċeaddaslēah ċēad lēah Not a given name in OE.
Chadwick Lastname Ċeaddaswic ċēad wiċ Not a given name in OE.
Chapman Lastname Ċēapmann ċēap mann Not a given name in OE. From a lastname that began as an occupational name for a trader, a chap-man (cheap/dealer-man).
Chelbald Revived Ċēolbeald ċēol beald
Chelbury Revived Ċēolburg ċēol burg
Chelfled Revived Ċēolflǣd ċēol flǣd
Chelfrith Revived Ċēolfriþ ċēol friþ
Chellar Revived Ċēolhere ċēol here
Chellard Revived Ċēolheard ċēol heard
Chellelm Revived Ċēolhelm ċēol helm
Chelley Revived Ċēolhēah ċēol hēah
Chelnoth Revived Ċēolnōþ ċēol nōþ
Chelred Revived Ċēolrǣd ċēol rǣd Borne by a 700s King of Mercia.
Chelrich Revived Ċēolrīċ ċēol rīċe
Chelsea Lastname Ċealcsǣ , Ċēolsǣ ċealc, ċeol Also spelled: Chelsey. Not a given name in OE. A blend of the words for chalk and cheel (keel), the latter of which also yields Kelsey, with a 'hard k', likely from Norse inflow.
Chelsey Revived Ċēolsiġe ċēol siġe For the living name with the same spelling, see: Chelsea.
Chelstan Revived Ċeolstān ċēol stān
Chelswith Revived Ċēolswīþ ċēol swīþ
Chelthrith Revived Ċēolþrȳþ ċēol þrȳþ
Chelwald Revived Ċēolweald ċēol weald
Chelwin Revived Ċēolwine ♂ , Ċēolwynn ♀ ċēol wine , wynn
Chelwolf Revived Ċēolwulf ċēol wulf Borne by a 500s King of Wessex, by a 700s King of Northumbria and by an 800s King of Mercia.
Chelwy Revived Ċēolwīġ ċēol wīg
Cherl Revived Ċeorl ċeorl - Borne by a King of Mercia in the 600s. The name Ċeorl was seldom borne in Old English times, and seems to have died out as an English name. Most likely all living names with Charl- / Charles are from the later French borrowings. Akin to Carl, Carla, Carly, Charlie, Carole, Caroline, Karl.
Chester Lastname Ċeaster - - Not a given name in OE. From a lastname that began as a town name found all over Great Britain and made its way into Old English from the Latin word for an army camp, Castra.
Chillie Revived Ċille ċille -
Churchill Lastname Ċircehyll ċirce hyll Not a given name in OE. Borne by the English statesman and writer, Sir Winston Churchill.
Churchbor Hypothetical *Ċirċebūr ċirce būr Akin to the name “Kirby”, which came from Old Norse.
Clay Lastname Clæġ clæġ - Not a given name in OE. Either a shortening of the name Clayton, which began as a locational lastname, or from the lastname Clay, also a locational lastname, for someone who lived near earthen clay.
Clayland Lastname Clæġland clæġ land Not a given name in OE.
Clayton Lastname Clæġtūn clæġ tūn Not a given name in OE.
Cleveland Lastname Clifland cliff land Not a given name in OE. Borne by American president Grover Cleveland (1837-1908).
Cliff Lastname - cliff cliff Not a given name in OE. A shortening of the lastnames Clifford and Clifton. See also: Clive.
Clifford Lastname Clifford cliff ford Not a given name in OE.
Clifton Lastname Cliftūn cliff tūn Not a given name in OE.
Clint Lastname - glim - Not a given name in OE. A shortening of the lastname Clinton. Borne by American film star Clint Eastwood (born 1930).
Clinton Lastname Glimtūn glim tūn Not a given name in OE. From a steadname of a town on the Water Glyme, whose name is from a Welsh word meaning, and likely kin with, the English word 'glimmering'. Borne by American president Bill Clinton (born 1946).
Clive Lastname - cliff - Not a given name in OE. From the locational lastname for someone who lived near a cliff.
Clover Living - - - Not a given name in OE. From the name of the plant, which comes from OE “clāfre”.
Colburn Lastname Cōlburne cōl burne Not a given name in OE.
Colbor Hypothetical *Cōlbūr cōl būr Not found in OE, a hypothetical name akin to “Colby”, which comes from Old Norse.
Colden Lastname Cōldenu cōl denu Not a given name in OE.
Cole Lastname Cōla cōl - From the lastname “Cole”, which may come from “Nicholas” in some instances, but can also come the Old English nickname for someone with dark, or “coal” like skin.
Coleridge Lastname Cōlhryċġ cōl hryċġ Borne by English poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834).
Colgate Lastname Cōlġēat cōl ġēat Borne by Englishman William Colgate (1783-1857), who made the Colgate toothpaste business.
Colton Lastname Cōltūn cōl tūn Not a given name in OE.
Conwel Revived Cēnewealh cēne wealh
Cranford Lastname Cranford cran ford Not a given name in OE. The 'Cran-' in some names, such as Crandal, is from the Irish name 'Ciarán'.
Cranley Lastname Cranlēah cran lēah Not a given name in OE. The 'Cran-' in some names, such as Crandal, is from the Irish name 'Ciarán'.
Cranston Lastname Crantūn cran tūn Not a given name in OE. The 'Cran-' in some names, such as Crandal, is from the Irish name 'Ciarán'.
Crawford Lastname Crāweford crāwe ford Not a given name in OE.
Crofton Lastname Crofttūn croft tūn Not a given name in OE.
Cromwell Lastname Crumbwille crumb wille Not a given name in OE. Borne by Lord Protector of the United Kingdom, Oliver Cromwell (1599-1658).
Crow Living Crawa crawa -
Cuthard Revived Cūþheard cūþ heard
Cuthbald Revived Cūþbeald cūþ beald
Cuthbert Living Cūþbeorht cūþ beorht Borne by a 500s Hallow of Lindisfarne, whose fame kept the name alive in England even after the Norman overthrow. It is also a widespread lastname.
Cuthbury Revived Cūþburg cūþ burg
Cuthmund Revived Cūþmūnd cūþ mūnd
Cuthred Revived Cūþrǣd cūþ rǣd
Cuthrich Revived Cūþrīċ cūþ rīċe
Cuthswith Revived Cūþswīþ cūþ swīþ
Cuthwin Revived Cūþwine cūþ wine
Cuthwolf Revived Cūþwulf cūþ wulf
Cuthyils Revived Cūþġils cūþ ġīsel
Daisy Living - - - Not a given name in OE. The given name comes from the name of the flower, which comes from OE dæġeseġe (day’s eye).
Dale Lastname - dæl - Not known to be a given name in Old English times.
Dalton Lastname Dæltūn dæl tūn Not a given name in OE. From a locational lastname for a dale (valley) town.
Dalwin Revived Dealwine deal wine
Dane Lastname Dena denu - While sometimes misread to mean 'Danish', the given name 'Dane' comes from the English steadname 'Dene' / 'Dean', meaning a hollow, dale.
Darbor Hypothetical *Dēorbūr dēor būr Not a given name in OE. A hypothetical name akin to the Norse name “Darby” or “Derby”.
Darwin Lastname Dēorewine dēore wine A lastname that comes from the OE given name, "Dēorewine". Borne by English naturalist Charles Darwin (1809-1882), writer of On The Origin of Species.
Darton Lastname Dēortūn dēor tūn Not a given name in OE.
Dawn Living - - - Not a given name in OE. From the word meaning the start of a new day, from OE “daging” (becoming day; literally: daying).
Daybert Revived Dæġbeorht dæġ beorht
Dayelm Revived Dæġhelm dæġ helm
Dayey Revived Dæġhēah dæġ hēah
Daymund Revived Dæġmūnd dæġ mūnd
Dayren Revived Dæġhræfn dæġ hræfn
Dayrich Revived Dæġrīċ dæġ rīċe
Dayton Lastname Dæġtūn dæġ tūn Not a given name in OE.
Dean Lastname - dene - See also: Dane. Also spelled “Dene”. Not wordlorely linked with the churchly stead of Dean, which is from the French 'Dean' and Latin 'decanus', meaning a leader of ten men. Not known to be a standalone name in Old English times.
Dell Lastname - dæl - Not known to be a given name in Old English times.
Denard Revived Deneheard dene heard
Denbert Revived Denebeorht dene beorht
Denfrith Revived Denefriþ dene friþ
Denham Lastname Denuhām denu hām Not a given name in OE.
Denley Lastname Denulēah denu lēah Not a given name in OE.
Denmood Revived Denemōd dene mōd
Denton Lastname Denutūn denu tūn Not a given name in OE.
Denver Lastname Denefær dene fær Not a given name in OE.
Denwald Revived Deneweald dene weald
Denwolf Revived Denewulf dene wulf
Denyils Revived Deneġils dene ġīsel
Derbert Revived Dēorbeorht dēor beorht
Derland Lastname Dēorland dēor land Not a given name in OE.
Dermund Revived Dēormūnd dēor mūnd
Dermood Revived Dēormōd dēor mōd
Dernoth Revived Dēornōþ dēor nōþ
Derswith Revived Dēorswīþ dēor swīþ
Derwald Revived Dēorweald dēor weald
Derwolf Revived Dēorwulf dēor wulf
Dexter Lastname Dēaġstre - - Now a man’s name, which comes from an occupational lastname, the name began to mean a female cloth dyer. (A dye-ster, in the same formation as a spinster is a female cloth-spinner.) The Latin word for right-handed is coincidental.
Dove Living - - - Not a given name in OE. From the word for the bird, which comes from Old English “dūfe”, mostly found in compound words.
Drake Lastname Draca - -
Drayton Lastname Dræġtūn dræġ tūn Not a given name in OE.
Dritnoth Revived Dryhtnōþ dryht nōþ
Drittelm Revived Dryhthelm dryht helm
Dritwald Revived Dryhtweald dryht weald
Dryden Lastname Drȳġedenu drȳġe denu Not a given name in OE.
Dudley Lastname Duddaslēah - leah Not a given name in OE. From a locational lastname for someone who lived in Dudda’s lea (field).
Dunnar Revived Dunnhere dunn here
Dunstan Lastname Dūnstān dūn stān Not a given name in OE.
Dunton Lastname Dūntūn dūn tūn Not a given name in OE.
Dunwald Revived Dunnweald dunn weald
Durward Lastname Dunnweard dunn weard Not a given name in OE.
Earl Living *Eorla eorl - From the title of Earl. Not known as a standalone name in Old English, but it was found in compound names. Mostly found as an American given name today.
Easter Living Ēaster ēaster - A latter-day name, for the now Christianised spring festival, formerly known as a heathen goddess and spring festival. It was found in bind-names but not as a standalone given name in Old English times.
Easton Lastname Ēasttūn ēast tūn Not a given name in OE.
Easterwin Revived Ēasterwine ēaster wine
Ed Living Ēadda ēad - A shortening of names like Edward and Edgar.
Edbald Revived Ēadbeald ēad beald Borne by a 600s King of Kent.
Edbert Living Ēadbert ēad beorht Borne by a 700s King of Northumbria and by a 700s King of Kent.
Edbury Revived Ēadburg ēad burg Also spelled: “Ebba”.
Eddar Revived Ēadhere ēad here
Eddelm Revived Ēadhelm ēad helm
Eddey Revived Ēadhēah ēad hēah
Edfled Revived Ēadflǣd ēad flǣd
Edfrith Revived Ēadfriþ ēad friþ
Edgar Living Ēadgār ēad gār Borne by the King of the English (959-975).
Edie Living *Ēaddo ēad - A shortening of the name “Edith”. Not known to be a standalone name in OE.
Edild Revived Ēadhild ēad hild
Edils Revived Ēadġils ēad ġils
Edith Living Ēadgȳþ ēad gȳþ
Edive Revived Ēadġifu ēad ġifu Also shortened in Lastnames as 'Edey'.
Edlof Revived Ēadlāf ēad lāf
Edleaf Revived Ēadlēofu ēad lēof
Edmar Living Ēadmere ēad mere
Edmer Revived Ēadmǣr ēad mǣr
Edmund Living Ēadmūnd ēad mūnd
Ednoth Revived Ēadnōþ ēad nōþ
Edoun Revived Ēadhūn ēad hūn Also sometimes spelled as the male name “Eden”.
Edred Living Ēadrǣd ēad rǣd
Edrich Revived Ēadrīċe ēad rīċe Borne by a 600s King of Kent.
Edsey Revived Ēadsiġe ēad siġe
Edstan Revived Ēadstān ēad stān
Edswith Revived Ēadswīþ ēad swīþ
Edwaker Revived Ēadwacer ēad wacu
Edwald Revived Ēadweald ēad weald
Edward Living Ēadweard ēad weard One of few Old English names to have not only lived through the Norman overthrow of England, but to have thrived with continuous use by Englishman of all classes, including the monarchy, since Old English times.
Edwin Living Ēadwine ēad wine
Edwina Living Ēadwynn ēad wynn Also a female form of Edwin.
Edwolf Revived Ēadwulf ēad wulf
Edwy Revived Ēadwīġ ēad wīġ
Edyard Revived Ēadġeard ēad ġeard
Emer Revived Ēomǣr eoh mǣr
Egbald Revived Eċġbeald eċġ beald
Egbert Living Eċġbeorht eċġ beorht
Egbury Revived Eċġburg eċġ burg
Egfrith Revived Eċġfriþ eċġ friþ
Eggard Revived Eċġheard eċġ heard
Eggelm Revived Eċġhelm eċġ helm
Eggoun Revived Eċġhūn eċġ hūn
Eglof Revived Eċġlāf eċġ lāf
Egmund Revived Eċġmūnd eċġ mūnd
Egnoth Revived Eċġnōþ eċġ nōþ
Egred Revived Eċġrǣd eċġ rǣd
Egrich Revived Eċġrīċ eċġ rīċe
Egstan Revived Eċġstān eċġ stān
Egwald Revived Eċġweald eċġ weald
Egwel Revived Eċġwealh eċġ wealh
Egwin Revived Eċġwine eċġ wine
Egwolf Revived Eċġwulf eċġ wulf
Eldar Revived Ealdhere eald here
Eldbert Revived Ealdbeorht eald beorht
Eldelm Revived Ealdhelm eald helm
Eldfrith Revived Ealdfriþ eald friþ
Eldith Revived Ealdgȳþ eald gȳþ
Eldred Living Ealdrǣd eald rǣd Also spelled: Aldred.
Eldon Lastname Ellasdūn ? dūn Not a given name in OE. From a locational lastname for someone from Ella’s down (hill). Also found as the name “Elsdon”.
Eldoun Revived Ealdhūn eald hūn
Elfled Revived Ælfflǣd ælf flǣd
Elfrith Revived Ælfrǣd ælf rǣd
Elfroun Revived Ælfrūn ælf rūn
Elfswith Revived Ælfswīþ ælf swīþ
Elith Revived Ealhgȳþ eald gȳþ Could also be spelled: Alith.
Elmer Lastname Æþelmǣr æþel mǣr See also: Ethelmer.
Elton Lastname Ellastūn ? tūn Not a given name in OE. Borne by songwriter Elton John (1947), who was born as Reginald Dwight, and who named himself after his former band-mate, Elton Dean (1945-2006).
Elver Revived Ælfwaru ælf waru
Elvild Revived Ælfhild ælf hild
Elvive Revived Ælfġifu ælf ġifu
Elvith Revived Ælfgȳþ ælf gȳþ
Elwood Lastname Ellaswudu ? wudu Not a given name in OE.
Enbald Revived Ēanbeald ēan beald
Enbert Revived Ēanbeorht ēan beorht
Enfrith Revived Ēanfriþ ēan friþ
Enfled Revived Ēanflǣd ēan flǣd
Engelren Hypothetical Engelhrafn engel hræfn Akin to the Norman name “Ingram”.
Enith Revived Ēangȳþ ēan gȳþ
Ennar Revived Ēanhere ēan here
Enmund Revived Ēanmūnd ēan mūnd
Enred Revived Ēanrǣd ēan rǣd
Enstan Revived Ēanstān ēan stān
Enswith Revived Ēanswīþ ēan swīþ
Enwald Revived Ēanweald ēan weald
Enwin Revived Ēanwine ēan wine
Enyard Revived Ēanġeard ēan ġeard
Enyisel Revived Ēanġīsl ēan ġīls , ġīsl
Erendel Revived Earendel earendel - The star, known in Old Norse folklore as Aurvandill, and borne by J R R Tolkien for the name of Eärendil the Mariner in the Silmarillion.
Erkenbald Revived Eorconbeald eorcon beald Could also be spelled "Arkenbald". Kin with the name Archibald, which was brought by the Normans and had been shaped by the Greek word Archos.
Erkenbert Revived Eorconbeorht eorcon beorht
Erkenwald Revived Eorconweald eorcon weald
Erkenyat Revived Eorconġēat eorcon ġēat Could also be spelled "Arkenyat", by likeness of J R R Tolkien's translation of OE "eorconstān" (great/dear-stone) to Arkenstone for The Hobbit.
Ermenbury Revived Eormenburg eormen burg
Ermenhild Revived Eormenhild eormen hild
Ermenlof Revived Eormenlāf eormen lāf
Ermenred Revived Eormenrǣd eormen rǣd
Ermenrich Revived Eormenrīċ eormen rīċe
Ermenthrith Revived Eormenþrȳþ eormen þrȳþ
Ernwald Revived Earnweald earn weald Kin with the name Arnold, which was brought by the Normans.
Ernwin Revived Earnwine earn wine
Ernwolf Revived Earnwulf earn wulf
Ernwy Revived Earnwīġ earn wīġ
Erpwald Revived Eorpweald eorp weald
Erpwin Revived Eorpwine eorp wine
Esmund Lastname Ēastmūnd ēast mūnd Most often spelled 'Esmond', which is a Norman spelling of the latter word (OE 'mūnd').
Estrild Living Ēasthild ēaster hild Written by Geoffrey of Monmouth to be the name of a Germanic princess who was taken captive by the Briton chief Humber the Hun, known in the tale by the name “Estrildis”.
Ethel Living Æþel æþel - The name died out but came back in the 1800s. Kin with the Norman name Adele.
Ethelbald Revived Æþelbeald æþel beald Can also be spelled: Athelbald. Borne by a 700s King of Mercia and by an 800s King of Wessex.
Ethelbert Living Æþelbeorht æþel beorht Can also be spelled: Athelbert. A short-lived name brought back in the 1800s. Borne by a score of kings from the 500s to 800s, and outstanding Americans of the 1800s, such as Ethelbert Watts (1846–1919). Kin with the Norman name Albert.
Ethelbrand Revived Æþelbrand æþel brand Can also be spelled: Athelbrand.
Ethelbury Revived Æþelburg æþel burg Can also be spelled: Athelbury.
Etheleaf Revived Æþellēof æþel lēof Can also be spelled: Athelleaf.
Ethelfled Revived Æþelflǣd æþel flǣd Can also be spelled: Athelfled. Borne by the daughter of Alfred the Great and Lady of Mercia in the 800s.
Ethelfrith Revived Æþelfriþ æþel friþ Can also be spelled: Athelfrith. Borne by a 500s King of Bernicia.
Ethelgar Revived Æþelgār æþel gār Can also be spelled: Athelgar.
Ethelith Revived Æþelgȳþ æþel gȳþ Can also be spelled: Athelith.
Ethelive Revived Æþelġifu æþel ġifu Can also be spelled: Athelive.
Ethellad Hypothetical *Æþelhād æþel hād Can also be spelled: Athellad. Not found in OE, a hypothetical name akin to the Norman name “Adelaide”, and the French name “Alice”.
Ethellar Revived Æþelhere æþel here Can also be spelled: Athellar. Borne by a 600s King of East Anglia.
Ethellard Revived Æþelheard , Æþeġeard æþel heard , ġeard Can also be spelled: Athellard. A blend of two Old English names that would likely have blended into one another over time. Æþelheard was borne by a 700s King of Wessex.
Ethellelm Revived Æþelhelm æþel helm Can also be spelled: Athellelm.
Ethelley Revived Æþelhēah æþel hēah Can also be spelled: Athelley.
Ethellild Revived Æþelhild æþel hild Can also be spelled: Athellild.
Ethelloun Revived Æþelhūn æþel hūn Can also be spelled: Athelloun.
Ethelman Revived Æþelmann æþel mann Can also be spelled: Athelman.
Ethelmer Revived Æþelmǣr æþel mǣr Can also be spelled: Athelmer. Kin with Elmer, which is a shortening, from the same Old English name.
Ethelmund Revived Æþelmūnd æþel mūnd Can also be spelled: Athelmund.
Ethelmood Revived Æþelmōd æþel mōd Can also be spelled: Athelmood.
Ethelnoth Revived Æþelnōþ æþel nōþ Can also be spelled: Athelnoth.
Ethelred Revived Æþelrǣd æþel rǣd Can also be spelled: Athelred. Borne by a 600s King of Mercia, by 700s and 800s Kings of Northumbria, by an 800s King of East Anglia, by an 800s King of Kent and by an 800s King of Wessex.
Ethelrich Revived Æþelrīċ æþel rīċe Can also be spelled: Athelrich. King of Bernicia and by a 500s King of Deira.
Ethelsey Revived Æþelsiġe æþel siġe For the living name with the same spelling, see: Chelsea.
Ethelstan Revived Æþelstān æþel stān See: Athelstan.
Ethelswith Revived Æþelswīþ æþel swīþ Can also be spelled: Athelswith. Borne by a Queen of Mercia in the 800s.
Ethelthrith Revived Æþelþrȳþ æþel þrȳþ Can also be spelled: Athelthrith. Borne by the Holywoman and Queen of Northumbria and The Fens in the 600s. Kin with the Norman name Audrey.
Ethelwald Revived Æþelweald æþel weald Can also be spelled: Athelwald. Borne by a 600s King of East Anglia, by a 600s King of Deira and by a 700s King of Northumbria.
Ethelward Revived Æþelweard æþel weard Can also be spelled: Athelward. Borne by an 800s King of East Anglia.
Ethelwel Revived Æþelwealh æþel wealh Can also be spelled: Athelwel. Borne by a 600s King of Sussex.
Ethelwin Revived Æþelwine ♂ , Æþelwynn ♀ æþel wine , wynn Can also be spelled: Athelwin. Borne by an English holyman of the 600s and another of the 1000s.
Ethelwolf Living Æþelwulf æþel wulf Can also be spelled: Athelwolf. Borne by an 800s King of Kent and by an 800s King of Wessex. Kin with the German name Adolf and its English shape, Adolph.
Ethelwy Revived Æþelwīġ æþel wīge Can also be spelled: Athelwy.
Ethelyard Revived Æþelġeard æþel ġeard Can also be spelled: Athelyard. Kin with Edelgard.
Everard Lastname Eoferheard eofer heard Likely a blend of the Old English "Eoferheard" and Norman "Eburhard", though the OE shape would likely yield the same outcome, even if it had died out.
Everley Lastname Eoferlēah eofer lēah Also spelled: Everly. Not a given name in OE.
Everton Lastname Eofertūn eofer tūn Not a given name in OE. From a locational lastname for a town near wild boar.
Everwin Revived Eoferwine eofer wine Also found shortened in names such as Irwin and Erwin. Not a given name in OE. From a locational lastname for a tilled field near wild boar.
Fairchild Lastname Fæġerċild fæġer ċild Not a given name in OE. From a lastname that began as a nickname for a child with fair hair.
Fairfax Lastname Fæġerfax fæġer fax Not a given name in OE. From a lastname that began as a nickname for someone with fair hair.
Farman Revived Færmann fær mann
Farnham Lastname Fearnhām fearn hām Not a given name in OE.
Farnley Lastname Fearnlēah fearn lēah Not a given name in OE.
Farnoth Hypothetical *Færnōþ fær nōþ Not found in OE, a hypothetical name akin to “Ferdinand”, which is a Spanish shape of an older mainland Germanic name.
Fastwolf Revived Fæstwulf fæst wulf
Felton Lastname Feldtūn feld tūn Not a given name in OE.
Felyeld Revived Feoluġeld feld ġeld
Fenn Lastname Fenn fenn - Not a given name in OE. Either from the standalone lastname of Fenn, or as a shortening of the name Fenton, which also began as a lastname.
Fenton Lastname Fenntūn fenn tūn Not a given name in OE.
Fenwick Lastname Fennwīċ fenn wīċ Not a given name in OE.
Fern Living - - - Not a given name in OE. A name that became widespread in the 1800s, both for boys and girls, and later mostly for girls, named for the plant.
Fleetwood Lastname Flēotwudu flēot wudu Not a given name in OE. From the lastname Fleetwood, spread by the rock band Fleetwood Mac.
Flint Living Flint - - From the everyday word “flint”, meaning tough, sturdy, or steadfast.
Folkbert Revived Folcbeorht folc beorht
Folkbury Revived Folcburg folc burg
Folkard Revived Folcheard folc heard
Folkar Revived Folchere folc here
Folkwald Revived Folcweald folc weald
Folkwin Revived Folcwine folc wine
Ford Lastname - ford - Not a given name in OE. A name that began as a locational lastname for someone who lived near the ford of a stream.
Frank Living Franca frenc - Either to do with the French folk, or from the word meaning “free” (as in to speak frankly).
Freeman Lastname Frēomann frēo mann
Frelof Revived Frēalāf frēa lāf
Frewin Revived Frēawine ♂ , Frēawynn ♀ frēa wine, wynn
Frewer Revived Frēawaru frēa waru Also found as the lastname "Frewer", from OE "Frēowaru", where the first bit is from frēo (free, highborn).
Frewolf Revived Frēawulf frēa wulf
Frith Living Friþ friþ - Kin with the name “Fred”, a shortening of "Frederick", which is an Anglo-Norman name.
Frithbert Revived Friþubeorht friþ beorht
Frithgar Revived Friþugār friþ gār
Frithelm Revived Friþuhelm friþ helm
Frithith Revived Friþugȳþ friþ gȳþ
Frithlof Revived Friþulāf friþ lāf
Frithmund Revived Friþumūnd friþ mūnd
Frithred Revived Friþurǣd friþ rǣd
Frithrich Revived Friþurīċ friþ rīċ
Frithstan Revived Friþustān friþ stān
Frithswith Revived Friþuswīþ friþ swīþ
Frithwald Revived Friþuweald friþ weald
Frithwin Revived Friþuwine friþ wine
Frithwolf Revived Friþuwulf friþ wulf
Frithyard Revived Friþuġeard friþ ġeard
Frithyils Revived Friþuġils friþ ġīsel
Frodo Living Frōda frōd - A name spread by J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings.
Frost Living - frost - Not known to be a given name in OE. Either from the lastname Frost, often named for the writer Robert Frost, or from the everyday word, for someone born in winter, or for someone with fair or white hair.
Fry Lastname - frēo - Not known to be a given name in OE. From the lastname “Fry”, which began as a name of status for a free-man.
Fulred Revived Fulrǣd full rǣd
Fulton Lastname Fugoltūn fugol tūn Not a given name in OE.
Gadfrith Revived Gādfriþ gād friþ
Gadrich Revived Gādrīċ gād rīċ
Gangwolf Revived Gangwulf gang wulf See also: Wolfgang.
Gar Revived Gara gār - See also: Gary.
Garfield Lastname Gārfeld gār feld Not a given name in OE. Spread by American president James Garfield (1831-1881), and later by the comic strip Garfield by Jim Davis (1945-present).
Garland Lastname Gārland gār land Not a given name in OE.
Garmund Revived Gārmūnd gār mūnd
Garrard Revived Gārheard gār heard Akin to the Norman name Gerard.
Garthrist Revived Gārþrist gār þrist
Garthrith Hypothetical Gārþrȳþ gār þrȳþ Not found in OE, a hypothetical name akin to the Norse name “Gertrude”.
Garwald Revived Gārweald gār weald Akin to the Norman name Gerald.
Garwin Revived Gārwine gār wine
Garwolf Revived Gārwulf gār wulf
Gary Living Gara gār - See also: Gar. Short for any of the names beginning with ‘Gar’, such as Garfield.
Gaz Living - gār - See also: Gary. A nickname for ‘Gary’ or other names beginning with ‘Gar’.
Gladstone Lastname glæd stān Not a given name in OE.
Gladwin Lastname Glædwine glæd wine Not a given name in OE.
Goddard Lastname Godheard god heard A blend of the Old English name Godheard and Norman name Godard, which spring from the same Germanic name.
Godfrith Revived Godfriþ god friþ Akin to the Norman names Godfrey and Geoffrey.
Godiva Living Godġifu god ġifu Anglish spelling: Godive. Living name from a Latin shape of OE Godġifu. Borne by Lady Godiva in the 1000s.
Godroun Revived Godrūn god rūn Akin to the Norse name Gudrun from the Volsung Saga.
Godshalk Revived Gōdṡċealc wulf ṡċealc
Godwin Living Godwine god wine Borne by an influential advisor to the king in 1000s, whose son Harold Godwinson was later made king and then killed in the Norman overthrow of England. The given name may come a lastname rather than in continuous use since Old English times.
Goldie Living Golda ♂ gold -
Goldive Revived Goldġifu gold ġifu
Goldar Revived Goldhere gold here
Golding Revived Golding gold ing
Goldman Revived Goldmann gold mann
Goldrich Revived Goldrīċ gold rīċ
Goldroun Revived Goldrūn gold rūn
Goldsey Revived Goldsiġe gold siġe
Goldstan Revived Goldstān gold stān
Goldwin Revived Goldwine gold wine
Goodar Revived Gōdhere gōd here
Goodman Lastname Gōdmann gōd mann Not a given name in OE.
Goodey Revived Gōdġifu gōd ġifu
Goodie Revived Gōde gōd -
Goodwife Revived Gōdwīf gōd wīf
Goodwin Revived Gōdwine ♂ , Gōdwynn ♀ frēa wine, wynn
Goodwolf Revived Gōdwulf gōd wulf
Goodwy Revived Gōdwīġ gōd wīġe
Gorham Lastname Gārhām gār hām Not a given name in OE.
Gorton Lastname Gārtūn gār tūn Not a given name in OE.
Grafton Lastname Grāftūn - tūn Not a given name in OE. From a locational lastname for a grove-town.
Graham Lastname Grundhām grund hām Not a given name in OE. From a locational lastname for a home/town near gravel/crushed ground. Spread by the Scottish Graham clan.
Gresham Lastname Græshām græs hām Not a given name in OE.
Grey Lastname - - - Not a given name in OE. From the lastname “Grey”, which can come from the everyday word borne as a nickname.
Grover Lastname - - - Not a given name in OE. From a locational lastname for someone who lived in a grove. Borne by American leader Grover Cleveland (1837–1908).
Grimbald Revived Grimbeald grim beald
Guthfrith Revived Gūþfriþ gȳþ friþ
Guthlock Revived Gūþlāc gȳþ lāc https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guthlac_of_Crowland
Guthlof Revived Gūþlāf gȳþ lāf
Guthmund Revived Gūþmūnd gȳþ mūnd
Guthwald Revived Gūþweald gȳþ weald
Guthwin Revived Gūþwine gȳþ wine
Gytha Fossilised Gūþa ♂, Gūþo ♀ gȳþ - A fossilised spelling of an Old English name that was brought back in Victorian times with a latinised feminine -a ending. (In Old English, -a was a masculine ending, the feminine ending being -o.)
Hadley Lastname Hǣþlēah hǣþ lēah Not a given name in OE.
Hal Living - - - A lambdaism of the shortened name Harry. (When an “r” becomes an “l”.) See also: Harry.
Hale Lastname - - - Not a given name in OE. From a locational lastname for someone who lived in a hollow or nook, from the OE word for hole, “halh”.
Hall Lastname - - - Not a given name in OE. From a lastname for someone who lived in a shared hall.
Halwid Hypothetical *Hǣlþwīd hǣlþ wīd Not found in OE, a hypothetical name akin to the Norman name “Eloise”.
Halfdan Revived Healfdene healf dene
Hamilton Lastname Hameldūn hamel dūn Not a given name in OE. Borne by American Founding Father, Alexander Hamilton (about 1756 to 1804).
Hamrich Hypothetical *Hāmrīċ hām rīċe Not found in Old English, but if it were, it would be kin with the Norman names Hank, Harry and Henry.
Handshoe Revived Hondṡċio hond ṡċio A name meaning "Glove". Friend of Beowulf in the epic poem Beowulf.
Harbald Revived Herebeald here beald
Harbert Revived Herebeorht here beorht Lives on in the Norman-swayed name Herbert.
Hardbert Revived Heardbeorht heard beorht
Harding Lastname Hearding heard ing While it was a name in Old English, it lives on today by way of the lastname. Spread by the American president Warren Harding (1865-1923).
Hardred Revived Heardrǣd heard rǣd
Hardwick Lastname Heardwiċ heard wiċ Not a given name in OE.
Hardwin Lastname Heardwine heard wine See also: Harwin. Not a given name in OE.
Harfrith Revived Herefriþ here friþ
Harich Revived Hererīċ here rīċe
Harith Revived Heregȳþ here gȳþ
Harland Lastname Haralond hara lond Also spelled: Harlan. Not a given name in OE.
Harley Lastname Haralēah hara lēah Not a given name in OE. Often named after the motorcycle business Harley Davidson.
Harlow Lastname Herehlǣw here hlǣw Also spelled: Arlo, Arlow, Harlowe. Not a given name in OE.
Harman Revived Haramann here mann Lives on as a lastname.
Harmer Revived Haramǣr here mǣr
Harmood Revived Haramōd here mōd
Harold Living Hereweald here weald Could also be spelled: Harwald. The -old ending instead of -wald is likely owed to being shaped by its Norse kin, Haraldr. Died out after the Norman overthrow, brought back in the 1800s. See also: Harwald.
Harper Living - - - Not a given name in OE. From an occupational lastname for a harp-player, from OE “hearpa”.
Harred Revived Hererǣd here rǣd
Harris Lastname - here - A lastname for someone fathered by a “Harry”. Literally: Harry’s.
Harrison Lastname - here son A lastname the son of a “Harry”. Literally: Harry’s son.
Harry Living - here - While this began in English as a shortening of Henry, an Anglo-Norman name, it is also a shortening of other Har- names, such as Harold.
Harsey Revived Heresiġe here siġe
Harstan Revived Herestān here stān
Harswith Revived Hereswīþ here swīþ
Hartford Lastname Heorotford heorot ford Not a given name in OE.
Hartley Lastname Heorotlēah heorot lēah Not a given name in OE.
Hartwell Lastname Heorotwille heorot wille Not a given name in OE.
Harwald Revived Hereweald here weald See also: Harold.
Harward Lastname Hereweard here weard Borne by Hereward the Wake, a man who fought back the 1066 Norman overthrow of England. Also kin with the Norse name Harvard. See also: Hereward.
Harwin Revived Herewine here wine The lastname of the same spelling is said by Hanks and others in The Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain and Ireland to be from the Anglo-Norman name “Harduin” (Hardwin).
Harwolf Revived Herewulf here wulf
Hathaway Lastname Hǣþaweġ hǣþ weġ Not a given name in OE. Borne by the actress Anne Hathaway.
Hathbald Revived Hǣþubeald hǣþ beald
Hathbert Revived Hǣþubeorht hǣþ beorht
Hathfrith Revived Hǣþufriþ hǣþ friþ
Hathkin Revived Hǣþcyn hǣþ cynn
Hathlof Revived Hǣþulāf hǣþ lāf
Hathlock Revived Hǣþulāc hǣþ lāc
Hathred Revived Hǣþurǣd hǣþ rǣd
Hathrich Revived Hǣþurīċ hǣþ rīċe The name of a hero in the great poem Widsith.
Hathwald Revived Hǣþuweald hǣþ weald
Hathwolf Revived Hǣþuwulf hǣþ wulf
Hathwy Revived Heaþuwīġe heaþ wīġe Akin to the German name Hedwig.
Hawk Living - - - Not a given name in OE. Either for the everyday word for the bird (from OE “hafoc”) or from the lastname, also from the same word.
Hayden Lastname Heġedenu, Heġedūn heġ denu , dūn Also spelled: "Haden", "Haydon". Not a given name in OE. The latter bit could be from either OE denu (a den, dale) or dūn (a down, hill). Linked only by likeness to the composer Franz Joseph Haydn, whose name comes instead from the Netherlandish word for 'heathen'. The likeness to the Irish name Aidan is also coincidental.
Hayley Lastname Heġelēah heġ lēah Also spelled: “Haley”. Not a given name in OE. Borne by the English child actress Hayley Mills (b. 1946).
Hayward Lastname Heġeweard heġ weard Not a given name in OE.
Haywood Lastname Heġewudu heġ wudu Not a given name in OE.
Hazel Living - - - Not a given name in OE. Coined in the 1800s after the name of the plant (from OE “hæsel”.)
Heath Living Hǣþa hǣþ - Borne by the drawer William Heath Robinson (1872—1944), whose name spurred the saying “Heath Robinson” for an overly knotty tool. See also: Heather.
Heather Living Hǣþe hǣþþre - See also: Heath.
Heaven Living - - - Not a given name in OE. From the everyday word, “heaven”, from OE “heofon”.
Hedley Lastname Hǣþulēah heaþ lēah Not a given name in OE. From a locational lastname for a heath-lea (field).
Helmstan Revived Helmstān helm stān
Helmweald Revived Helmweald helm weald
Helmwolf Revived Helmwulf helm wulf
Helmyils Revived Helmġils helm ġīsel
Helstan Revived Helstān hel stān
Helwald Revived Helweald hel weald
Hereward Fossilised Hereweard here weard Borne by Hereward the Wake, a man who fought back the 1066 Norman overthrow of England. Hereward is a fossilised spelling of a name that would most likely be spelled 'Harward' through more natural development. (See words like 'harbor', or names like 'Harold' and 'Alvar'.) See also: Harward.
Hergar Revived Heorugār heoru gār
Herolf Revived Heorulf heoru wulf
Herrend Revived Heorrenda heoru rand A poet from the Battle of the Heodenings.
Herstan Revived Heorustān heoru stān
Herwald Revived Heoruweald heoru weald
Herward Revived Heoruweard heoru weard
Heybert Revived Hēahbeorht hēah beorht
Heybury Revived Hēahburg hēah burg
Heyfrith Revived Hēahfriþ hēah friþ
Heymund Revived Hēahmūnd hēah mūnd Akin to the Norman name Hammond.
Heynoth Revived Hēahnōþ hēah nōþ
Heyred Revived Hēahrǣd hēah rǣd
Heystan Revived Hēahstān hēah stān
Heyward Revived Hēahweard hēah weard Akin to the name “Howard”, thought to be from a name, such as mainland “Hugihard” (akin to Hugh-hard) or Norse “Hávarđr”.
Heywolf Revived Hēahwulf hēah wulf
High Hypothetical *Hēah hēah - Not found in Old English, but if it were, it would be kin with the Norman name Hugh, meaning mindful, kindhearted.
Hild Revived Hild hild -
Hildbald Revived Hildbeald hild beald
Hildbert Revived Hildbeorht hild beorht Akin to the Norman name “Ilbert”.
Hildbury Revived Hildburg hild burg
Hildfrith Revived Hildfriþ hild friþ
Hildmer Revived Hildmǣr hild mǣr
Hildred Living Hildrǣd hild rǣd Died out following the Norman overthrow and was brought back in the 1800s.
Hildwin Revived Hildwine ♂ , Hildwynn ♀ hild wine
Hildyard Revived Hildġeard hild ġeard Akin to the German name “Hildegard”, as borne by Hildegard von Bingen.
Hill Lastname - hyll - Not a given name in OE. From a locational lastname for someone who lived in or near a hill. Sometimes a shortening of the name Hilton. See also: Hilton.
Hilton Lastname Hylltūn hyll tūn Not a given name in OE. Borne by Conrad Hilton (1887-1979), founder of Hilton Hotels.
Hisbert Revived Hysebeorht hyse beorht
Hisnoth Revived Hysenōþ hyse nōþ
Holden Lastname Holdenu hol denu Not a given name in OE. From the Lastname Holden, and borne by the player Holden Caulfield in the J D Salinger book Catcher in the Rye (1951).
Holly Living - - - Not a given name in OE. From the everyday word, “holly”, from OE “holeġn”. Especially given to girls born about Yuletide.
Honey Living - - - Not a given name in OE. From the everyday word, “honey”, from OE “huniġ”.
Hope Living - - - Not a given name in OE. A puritanical Christian name, from the everyday word “hope”, from OE “hopa”.
Horton Lastname Horhtūn horh tūn Not a given name in OE. Borne by the main player in the Dr. Seuss books Horton Hatches the Egg, and Horton Hears a Who.
Hrothgar Fossilised Hrōþgār hrōþ gār A fossilised spelling from Old English, taken straight from the epic poem, Beowulf. Borne by economic historian Sir Hrothgar John Habakkuk (1915-2002). Akin to the Norman name "Roger". See also: Rothgar.
Hudson Lastname Hūdassunu - - Not a given name in OE. Sometimes from a Norman name, for the son of a man named Hugh. As an Anglish name, it is from a lastname meaning “Son of Hūda”.
Hunbert Revived Hūnbeorht hūn beorht Akin to the Norman name “Humbert”.
Hunfrith Revived Hūnfriþ hūn friþ Akin to the Norman name “Humphrey”.
Hunith Revived Hūngȳþ hūn gȳþ
Hunive Revived Hūnġifu hūn ġifu
Hunlof Revived Hūnlāf hūn lāf
Hunred Revived Hūnrǣd hūn rǣd
Hunsey Revived Hūnsiġe hūn siġe
Hunstan Revived Hūnstān hūn stān
Hunter Living Hunta ♂ , Hunto ♀ hunt -
Huntley Lastname Huntlēah hunt lēah Not a given name in OE.
Hunwald Revived Hūnweald hūn weald
Huxley Lastname Huccaslēah - lēah From a lastname for someone who lived on or near Hucca’s lea (field). Often named after Charles Darwin’s supporter, Thomas Huxley (1825-1895).
Hybald Revived Hyġebeald hyġe beald
Hybert Revived Hyġebeorht hyġe beorht Akin to the Norman name “Hubert”.
Hylock Revived Hyġelāc hyġe lāc
Hyton Hypothetical *Hyġetūn hyġe tūn Akin to the name Houston, made of the Norman name “Hugh” and Old English “tūn” (town).
Ingbrand Revived Ingbrand Ing brand
Ingwald Revived Ingweald Ing weald
Irwin Lastname Eoferwine eofer wine Also spelled: Erwin. A shortening of the Middle English name Everwin that lives on as a Lastname.
Ivy Living - ifiġ - Not known to be a given name in Old English times.
Kemp Lastname - - - From a lastname, from the Middle English nickname for a fighter, or “kemp”. Not a name in Old English.
Ken Living - cēne - A shortening of names starting with Ken.
Kenbert Revived Cēnbeorht cēne beorht
Kenbury Revived Cēnburg cēne burg
Kenelm Living Cēnhelm cēne helm
Kenfrith Revived Cēnfriþ cēne friþ
Kenfous Revived Cēnfūs cēne fūs Borne by a 600s King of Wessex.
Kennar Revived Cēnhere cēne here
Kennard Lastname Cēnheard cēne heard , weard
Kenlof Revived Cēnlāf cēne lāf
Kenred Revived Cēnrǣd cēne rǣd Died out in the Middle Ages, and was borrowed back from Germany in the 1800s as the name Conrad. Borne by a 700s King of Mercia and by a 700s King of Northumbria.
Kenswith Revived Cēnswīþ cēne swīþ
Kent Living - - - Either a shortening of the name “Kenton”, or named straight for the historic English county of Kent, which came from a Brythonic word meaning “border”.
Kenton Lastname - cēne, cyne - From a lastname that comes from sundry forewords, such as keen, kingly, or the stream Kenn.
Kenthrith Revived Cēnþrȳþ cēne þrȳþ
Kenwald Revived Cēnweald cēne weald
Kenwel Revived Cēnwealh cēne wealh Borne by a 600s King of Wessex.
Kenwin Revived Cēnwine ♂ , Cēnwynn ♀ cēne wine , wynn
Kenwolf Revived Cēnwulf cēne wulf Borne by a 700s King of Mercia.
Kenyisel Revived Cēnġīsl cēne ġīsel
Kim Living - cyne - Short for “Kimberley”.
Kimber Living Cyneburg cyne burg See also: Kinbury.
Kimberley Living Cyneburgaslēah cyne burg + lēah
Kinbald Revived Cynebeald cyne beald
Kinbert Revived Cynebeorht cyne beorht
Kinbill Revived Cynebill cyne bill
Kinbury Revived Cyneburg cyne burg See also: Kimber.
Kinfrith Revived Cynefriþ cyne friþ
King Living - cyne - Mostly found in the United States, sometimes straight after the titular word, and sometimes after Black civil rights advocate Martin Luther King, Jr.
Kingsley Lastname Cynningaslēah cynning lēah Not a given name in OE.
Kingston Lastname Cynningastūn cynning tūn Not a given name in OE.
Kingswell Lastname Cynningaswille cynning wille Not a given name in OE.
Kinleaf Revived Cynelēof cyne lēof
Kinnard Revived Cyneheard cyne heard
Kinnild Revived Cynehild cyne hild
Kinmund Revived Cynemūnd cyne mūnd
Kinred Revived Cynerǣd cyne rǣd
Kinrich Revived Cynerīċ cyne rīċe
Kinsey Lastname Cynesiġe cyne siġe
Kinsley Lastname Cyneslēah cyne lēah Not a given name in OE.
Kinstan Revived Cynestān cyne stān
Kinthane Revived Cyneþeġn cyne þeġn
Kinwald Revived Cyneweald cyne weald
Kinwin Revived Cynewine ♂ , Cynewynn ♀ cyne wine, wynn
Kinwolf Revived Cynewulf cyne wulf
Kinyils Revived Cyneġīls cyne ġīsel
Knightley Lastname Cnihtlēah cniht lēah Not a given name in OE.
Kynaston Lastname Cynefriþastūn cyne friþ + tūn Not a given name in OE. From a lastname for someone who lived in a namesake town, which were named for a man named Cynefriþ.
Langdon Lastname Langdenu, Langdūn lang denu, dūn Not a given name in OE. The latter bit could be from either OE denu (a den, dale) or dūn (a down, hill).
Langford Lastname Langford lang ford Not a given name in OE.
Langley Lastname Langlēah lang lēah Not a given name in OE.
Langston Lastname Langstān lang stān Not a given name in OE.
Langworth Lastname Langworþ lang worþ Not a given name in OE.
Layton Lastname Lēactūn lēac tūn Not a given name in OE.
Leaf Living Lēof ♀ , Lēofa ♂ lēof - A blend of the everyday English word "leaf" of a plant, and the Old English name "lēof" (beloved), which is kin with the Norse name "Lief"/"Leif", from "Leifr", and which likely backed up the bearing of the word "Leaf" as a name, which was a making of 1960s hippy culture.
Lechild Revived Lēofċild lēof ċild
Ledbald Revived Lēodbeald lēod beald Akin to the German name “Leopald”.
Leddar Revived Lēodhere lēod here Akin to the German name “Luther”.
Ledfrith Revived Lēodfriþ lēod friþ
Ledwald Revived Lēodweald lēod weald
Ledwolf Revived Lēodwulf lēod wulf
Lefled Revived Lēofflǣd lēof flǣd
Lefrich Revived Lēofrīċe lēof rīċe
Lefrith Revived Lēoffriþ lēof friþ
Legar Revived Lēofgār lēof gār
Leland Lastname Lēahland lēah land Also spelled: Leyland. Not a given name in OE.
Leman Living Lēofmann lēof mann Lives on as a lastname (also spelled "Lemmon"), and in the English word "leman", meaning someone beloved.
Lemer Revived Lēofmǣr lēof mǣr
Lenoth Revived Lēofnōþ lēof nōþ
Lequen Revived Lēofcwēn lēof cwēn Anglish spelling: Lecwen.
Leroun Revived Lēofrūn lēof rūn
Lesey Revived Lēofsiġe lēof siġe
Leson Revived Lēofsunu lēof sunu
Lestan Revived Lēofstān lēof stān
Leving Revived Lēofing lēof ing
Leward Revived Lēofweard lēof weard
Lewer Revived Lēofwaru lēof waru
Lewin Living Lēofwine lēof wine
Leyive Revived Lēofġifu lēof ġifu
Lily Living - lilie - Not known to be a given name in Old English times.
Livingston Lastname Lēofwinestūn lēof wine + tūn Not a given name in OE.
Lothar Revived Hlōþhere hlōþ here
Luddar Revived Hlūdhere hlūd here
Ludlum Lastname Hlūdhlǣwhām hlūd lǣw + hām Not a given name in OE.
Ludwy Hypothetical *Hlūdwīġe hlūd wīġe Not found in Old English, but if it were, it would be kin with the names Alois, Clovis, Lewis, Louis, Louise and Ludwig.
Mainar Revived Mæġenhere mæġen here
Mainard Lastname Mæġenheard mæġen heard The last name is likely from the Anglo-Norman "Mainard", though the OE shape, "Mæġenheard", would likely yield the same outcome, even if it had died out.
Marston Lastname Merṡċtūn merṡċ tūn Not a given name in OE.
Marwood Lastname Merewudu mere wudu Not a given name in OE.
Mathellard Revived Mæþelheard mæþel heard
Melbourne Lastname Mylenburne mylen burne Not a given name in OE. Most often named for the head city in the Australian state of Victoria. See also: Milburn.
Merhard Revived Mǣrheard mǣr heard
Merryweather Lastname - myrġe weþer From a lastname which first began as a nickname in Middle English, meaning merry, good, or fair weather.
Merton Lastname Meretūn mere tūn Not a given name in OE.
Merwel Revived Merewealh mere wealh
Merwhite Revived Merehwīt mere hwīt
Merwin Revived Merewynn mere wynn
Middleton Lastname Middeltūn middel tūn Not a given name in OE.
Milburn Lastname Mylenburne mylen burne See also: Melbourne. Not a given name in OE.
Mildred Living Mildþrȳþ mild þrȳþ Could also be spelled: Mildrith
Milford Lastname Mylenford mylen ford Not a given name in OE.
Millard Lastname Mylenweard mylen weard
Milton Lastname Mylentūn mylen tūn Not a given name in OE.
Mittild Hypothetical *Mihthild miht hild Not found in OE, a hypothetical name akin to the Norman name “Matilda”.
Modwulf Revived Mōdwulf mōd wulf
Monday Living Monandæġ mōna dæġ
Morcar Revived Mōrcār mōr cār
Morland Lastname Mōrland mōr land Not a given name in OE.
Morley Lastname Mōrlēah mōr lēah Not a given name in OE.
Morton Lastname Mōrtūn mōr tūn Not a given name in OE.
Mycroft Lastname Mǣdcroft mǣd croft From a shape of the lastname "Medcroft", where the -d was lost. Borne by the player Mycroft in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's tales, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.
Newcombe Lastname Nēowecume nēowe cume Not a given name in OE.
Newland Lastname Nēoweland nēowe land Not a given name in OE.
Newman Lastname Nēowemann nēowe mann Not a given name in OE.
Newport Lastname Nēoweport nēowe port Not a given name in OE.
Newton Lastname Nēowetūn nēowe tūn Not a given name in OE.
Nithad Revived Nīþhād nīþ hād A cruel king in Germanic folklore.
Nithard Revived Nīþheard nīþ heard
Nithmund Revived Nīþmūnd nīþ mūnd
Norbert Living Norþbeorht norþ beorht A blend of the inborn Old English name, and the Norman Frankish name. Borne by a Holyman of Xanten, Germany in the 1000s.
Norman Living Norþmann norþ mann A name borne in Old English and backed up by the Normans of Normandy following the overthrow of 1066. The name itself, literally: north-man, wises to someone being of the north, often meaning "viking", or of the Nordic or Scandinavian region.
Northrop Lastname Norþþorp norþ þorp Not a given name in OE. From a lastname that has a metathesis of "thorp" to "throp".
Norton Lastname Norþtun norþ tūn Not a given name in OE.
Norwood Lastname Norwudu norþ wudu Not a given name in OE.
Nothar Revived Nōþhere nōþ here
Nothard Revived Nōþheard nōþ heard
Nothbald Revived Nōþbeald nōþ beald
Nothbert Revived Nōþbeorht nōþ beorht
Nothelm Revived Nōþhelm nōþ helm Borne by a 600s King of Sussex.
Nothith Revived Nōþgȳþ nōþ gȳþ
Nothmund Revived Nōþmūnd nōþ mūnd
Nothwolf Revived Nōþwulf nōþ wulf
Oakbald Revived Ācbeald āc beald
Oakfrith Revived Ācfriþ āc friþ Not known as a living given name, but is the name of a Wood in Wiltsire. https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/visiting-woods/woods/oakfrith-wood/
Oakley Lastname Āclēah āc lēah Also spelled: Ackley. Not a given name in OE.
Oakwolf Revived Ācwulf āc wulf
Odell Lastname Wādhyll wād hyll Not a given name in OE.
Ogden Lastname Ācdenu āc denu Not a given name in OE.
Onel Revived Onela - - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Onela
Onyenthew Revived Anġenþēow anġen þēow
Ordbert Revived Ordbeorht ord beorht
Ordfrith Revived Ordfriþ ord friþ
Ordgar Revived Ordgār ord gār
Ordhelm Revived Ordhelm ord helm
Ordhey Revived Ordhēah ord hēah
Ordlof Revived Ordlāf ord lāf
Ordmer Revived Ordmǣr ord mǣr
Ordnoth Revived Ordnōþ ord nōþ
Ordrich Revived Ordrīċ ord rīċe
Ordwald Revived Ordweald ord weald
Ordwolf Revived Ordwulf ord wulf
Osbald Revived Ōsbeald ōs beald Borne by a 700s King of Northumbria.
Osbert Living Ōsbeorht ōs beorht
Osborn Living Ōsbeorn ōs beorn The word beorn, as found in OE bindnames, may have a root meaning of a man/child, and may not come from the same root word as beorn, found in Mainland Europe, meaning bear. It may therefore be mistakenly linked with Mainland European names such as Berengar.
Osbury Revived Ōsburg ōs burg
Osfrith Revived Ōsfriþ ōs friþ Akin to the Old Norse name “Astrid”.
Osgar Revived Ōsgār ōs gār While the living name Oscar may come from the Old English name Ōsgār, it's more likely that it instead comes from the Irish name Oscair, making it unlinked to the Old English name, which seems to have died out.
Osgood Lastname Ōsgōd ōs gōd
Oslock Revived Ōslāc ōs lāc Borne by a 700s King of Sussex.
Oslof Revived Ōslāf ōs lāf
Osmer Lastname Ōsmǣr ōs mǣr
Osmood Revived Ōsmōd ōs mōd
Osmund Living Ōsmūnd ōs mūnd Also found by the Norman-spelling of "Osmond". Borne by an holyman who was appointed to the see of Salisbury by William of Normandy, following the overthrow of England in 1066.
Osred Living Ōsrǣd ōs rǣd Borne by two 700s kings of Northumbria. Died out following the Norman overthrow. Brought back in the 1900s.
Osrich Revived Ōsrīċ ōs rīċe Borne by a 600s King of Deira, by a 700s King of Northumbria and by a 700s King of Sussex.
Osselm Revived Ōshelm ōs helm Kin with the Norse name Ansel, or Anselm, which was borne by the photographer Ansel Easton Adams (1902-1984).
Osser Revived Ōshere ōs here
Osthrith Revived Ōsþrȳþ ōs þrȳþ
Oswald Living Ōswald ōs weald Borne by the 600s King of Northumbria who fought against Penda Pybbing (the last great heathen king of mainland England) who was martyred in death. Also borne by a 900s bishop who was venerated for his works at reforming the church. The name died out in the middle ages and was brought back in the 1800s.
Osward Revived Ōsweard ōs weard
Oswin Living Ōswine ōs wine Born by a 600s King of Northumbria (kin to Oswald of Northumbria) who was also canonised as a martyr. The name died out about the 1400s and was brought back in the 1800s.
Oswood Revived Ōswudu ōs wudu
Oswolf Revived Ōswulf ōs wulf
Oswy Living Ōswīġ ōs wīġ
Ottar Revived Ōhtere ōht here
Outred Revived Ūhtrǣd ūt rǣd Borne by Uhtred of Bebbanburg in Bernard Cornwell’s ‘Saxon Series’, built on the life of Utred the Bold of the 1000s and the happenings of Alfred the Great. The revived given name is shaped after the lastname sprung from the living name that has since died out, Outred (also spelled Oughtred). See also: Uhtred.
Oz Living Ōsa ōs - A shortening of names such as Oswald or Oswin.
Pendleton Lastname Pinndæltūn pinn dæl + tūn Not a given name in OE.
Penley Lastname Pinnlēah pinn lēah Not a given name in OE. The first deal of the name, "pinn" can mean either a headland, or livestock pen.
Pillard Revived Pīlheard pīl heard
Playard Revived Pleġheard plēg heard
Playbert Revived Pleġbeorht plēg beorht
Playmund Revived Pleġmūnd plēg mūnd
Playred Revived Pleġrǣd plēg rǣd
Playwin Revived Pleġwine plēg wine
Portland Lastname Portland port land Not a given name in OE. Often named after any of the widely known cities, such as Portland, Oregon; Portland, Maine; or Portland, England.
Prescott Lastname Prēostcot prēost cot Not a given name in OE.
Presley Lastname Prēostlēah prēost lēah Not a given name in OE. Often named after the rock and roll singer, Elvis Presley (1935-1977).
Preston Lastname Prēosttūn prēost tūn Not a given name in OE.
Queen Living Cwēn cwēn - In Old English times, queen was a word that meant any woman, only only the king's wife. As 'Qu-' is from French inflow, this could be spelled as Cween for a more inborn spelling.
Queenie Living Cwēn cwēn - Spread in the Victorian era in honor of Queen Victoria. As 'Qu-' is from French inflow, this could be spelled as Cween for a more inborn spelling.
Quenbury Revived Cwēnburg cwēn burg Anglish spelling: Cwenbury.
Quenith Revived Cwēngȳþ cwēn gȳþ Anglish spelling: Cwenith.
Quenthrith Revived Cwēnþrȳþ cwēn þrȳþ Anglish spelling: Cwenthrith.
Quickhelm Revived Cwichelm cwic helm Anglish spelling: Cwickhelm.
Quickwin Revived Cwicwine cwic wine Anglish spelling: Cwickwin.
Quinton Lastname Cwēntūn cwēn tūn Not a given name in OE. Shaped by, but not wordlorely linked with the French name Quentin, which instead comes from Latin Quintinus, meaning 'fifth born child'.
Radburn Lastname Rēadburne rēad burne Not a given name in OE.
Radcliff Lastname Rēadcliff rēad cliff Not a given name in OE.
Radford Lastname Rēadford rēad ford Not a given name in OE.
Radley Lastname Rēadlēah rēad lēah Not a given name in OE.
Rainar Living Reġenhere reġen here Blended with the Norman name “Reiner”/”Reyner”, and akin to the Norse name “Ragnar”.
Rainard Revived Reġenheard reġen heard Akin to the Norman name “Raynard” and German “Reinhard”.
Rainbow Living - reġn boga Not known as a given name in Old English times. A name that sprung out of the hippy culture of the 1960s.
Raingar Revived Reġengār reġen gār
Rainhold Revived Reġenhold reġen hold
Rainmund Revived Reġenmūnd reġen mūnd Akin to the Norman name “Raymond”.
Rainwald Revived Reġenweald reġen weald Akin to the Norman name “Reginald”, and Norse “Ronald”.
Rainward Revived Reġenweard reġen weard
Raleigh Lastname Rālēah lēah Not a given name in OE. Often named after the poet and explorer Sir Walter Raleigh (1552-1618).
Ramsden Lastname Rammsdenu ramm denu Not a given name in OE.
Ramsey Lastname Hramsīeġ hramsan īeġ Also spelled: Ramsay. Not a given name in OE.
Randwolf Revived Randwulf rand wulf Akin to the names “Randall” and “Randolph”, first brought to England by Norse settlers and later backed up by Normans.
Raven Living *Hræfn hræfn - A name that is made from an Old English word but may not have been a given name in Old English times.
Reddar Revived Rǣdhere rǣd here
Redfrith Revived Rǣdfriþ rǣd friþ
Rednoth Revived Rǣdnōþ rǣd nōþ
Redrich Revived Rǣdrīċ rǣd rīċe
Redwald Revived Rǣdweald rǣd weald
Redwin Revived Rǣdwine rǣd wine
Redwolf Revived Rǣdwulf rǣd wulf Akin to the Norse name “Ralph”, and the Norman “Raoul”.
Richard Living Rīċheard rīċe heard A name spread by the Normans but whose shape would likely have blended with its seldom-borne, Old English match.
Richbert Revived Rīċbeorht rīċe beorht
Richsey Revived Rīċsiġe rīċe siġe Borne by an 800s King of Northumbria.
Ridgebor Hypothetical *Hryċġbūr hryċġ būr Not found in OE, a hypothetical name akin to “Rigby”, which comes from Old Norse.
Ridgeway Lastname Hryċġweġ hryċġ weġ Not a given name in OE.
Ridgeley Lastname Hryċġlēah hryċġ lēah Not a given name in OE.
Ridley Lastname Hrēodlēah hrēod lēah Not a given name in OE.
Riley Lastname Ryġelēah ryġe lēah Also spelled: Ryley. Not a given name in OE. Not linked with the Irish name "Reilley", which comes from from Gaelic "Raghallach".
Rodney Lastname *Hrōþasīeġ hrōþ īeġ Not a given name in OE. Borne by British admiral Lord Rodney (1719-1792). Etymology is not known for sure. Said by Coats and others in The Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain and Ireland to likely be from Old English “Hrōþa” + “īeg”.
Rose Living - rōse - A name borne through Middle English but not known to be a given name in Old English times. It may have started in English as a shape of the nickname "horse", such as from Old Norse "hross".
Rosefield Hypothetical *Rōsefeld rōse feld Not found in OE, a hypothetical name akin to “Roosevelt”, which is a Netherlandish lastname spread in the English-speaking world by the American presidents.
Rothbert Revived Hrōþbeorht hrōþ beorht Akin to the Norman name “Robert”, and German name “Rupert”.
Rothgar Revived Hrōþgār hrōþ gār Akin to the Norman name "Roger". See also: Hrothgar.
Rothland Hypothetical *Hrōþland hrōþ land Akin to the Norman name “Roland”, and the Italian name “Orlando.”
Rothmund Revived Hrōþmūnd hrōþ mūnd
Rothrich Revived Hrōþrīċ hrōþ rīċ Akin to the Norman name "Roderick".
Rothwer Revived Hrōþwaru hrōþ waru
Rothwin Revived Hrōþwine hrōþ wine
Rothwolf Revived Hrōþwulf hrōþ wulf Akin to the Norman name “Rolph” (or “Rolf”) and the German name “Rudolph” (or “Rudolf”).
Rudyard Lastname Rudġeard rud ġeard Not a given name in OE.
Rutherford Lastname Hrȳþerford hrȳþer ford Not a given name in OE. Borne by Rutherford B. Hayes, 19th President of the United States.
Rycroft Lastname Ryġecroft ryġe croft Not a given name in OE.
Ryland Lastname Ryġeland ryġe land Not a given name in OE.
Samwise Living *Sāmwīs sām wīs Not found as a name in OE, only as the adjective, “sām-wise”, meaning half-wise, or dull. Tolkien revived the name for Samwise Gamgee, the simple gardner, in ‘’The Lord of the Rings’’.
Sandford Lastname Sandford sand ford Also spelled: Sanford. Not a given name in OE.
Saxbold Revived Seaxbeald seax beald
Saxbury Revived Seaxburg seax burg
Saxhelm Revived Seaxhelm seax helm
Saxred Revived Seaxrǣd seax rǣd Borne by a 600s King of Essex.
Saxwolf Revived Seaxwulf seax wulf
Seabert Lastname Sǣbeorht beorht
Seabrook Lastname Sǣbrōc brōc
Seabury Lastname Sǣburg burg The -bury ending would make this a woman's name in Old English times, but it is now more likely found to be found as a man's name, coming from the living Lastname.
Seafled Revived Sǣflǣd flǣd
Seafrith Revived Sǣfriþ friþ
Seaman Lastname Sǣmann mann
Seathrith Revived Sǣþrȳþ þrȳþ
Seaton Lastname Sǣtūn tūn Not a given name in OE.
Selbor Hypothetical *Sealhbūr sealh būr Not found in OE, a hypothetical name akin to “Selby” and “Shelby”, which come from Old Norse.
Selbury Revived Seleburg sele burg
Seldon Lastname Sealhdenu, Sealhdūn sealh denu, dūn Not a given name in OE. The latter bit could be from either OE denu (a den, dale) or dūn (a down, hill).
Sellard Revived Seleheard sele heard
Selred Revived Selerǣd sele rǣd Borne by a 700s King of Essex.
Selthrith Revived Seleþrȳþ sele þrȳþ
Selwyn Lastname Selewine, Seolhwine sele , seolh wine Also spelled: Selwin. The lastname "Selwyn" may sometimes come from OE 'Seolhwine' (seal-friend), and sometimes may also come from the Norman given name Selvein, from Latin Silvanus (woodsman, wildman).
Sewin Revived Siġewine siġe wine
Seward Lastname Siġeweard siġe weard Sometimes shortened to "Sword" as a Lastname.
Sewell Lastname Siġeweald siġe weald
Sewolf Revived Siġewulf siġe wulf
Seyard Revived Siġeheard siġe heard
Seyar Revived Siġehere siġe here See also: Siggar.
Shaftar Revived Ṡċeafthere ṡċeaft here
Shaftwin Revived Ṡċeaftwine ṡċeaft wine
Sheldon Lastname Ṡċylfdenu, Ṡċylfdūn ṡċylf denu, dūn Not a given name in OE. The latter bit could be from either OE denu (a den, dale) or dūn (a down, hill). Borne by a player in the 2000s American tv show "The Big Bang Theory" and its spinoff "Young Sheldon".
Shelley Lastname Ṡċylflēah ṡċylf lēah Not a given name in OE. Not wordlorely linked with the Irish name Shelley, which is from Irish Gaelic Sealbhaigh. The spelling "Shelly" can also be shortened, pet shape of other "Shel-" names, such as "Sheldon".
Shelton Lastname Ṡċylfltūn ṡċylf tūn Not a given name in OE. The latter bit could also be from either OE denu (a den, dale) or dūn (a down, hill).
Shepley Lastname Ṡċēaplēah ṡċēap lēah Not a given name in OE.
Shepherd Lastname Ṡċēaphierda ṡċēap hierde
Sherbald Revived Ṡċīrbeald ṡċīr beald
Sherburn Lastname Ṡċīrburne ṡċīr burne Also spelled: Sherborn(e). Not a given name in OE.
Sherlock Lastname Ṡċīrlocc ṡċīr locc Spread by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.
Sherrard Lastname Ṡċīrheard ṡċīr heard
Sherwald Revived Ṡċīrweald ṡċīr weald
Sherwood Lastname Ṡċīrwudu ṡċīr wudu Not a given name in OE. Spread by the Sherwood found in the English tale of Robin Hood.
Shirley Lastname Ṡċīrlēah ṡċīr lēah Also spelled: Sherley. Not a given name in OE.
Sidman Revived Sīdemann sīde mann
Sibbald Revived Siġebeald siġe beald
Sibbert Revived Siġebeorht siġe beorht Borne by a 600s King of East Anglia, two 600s kings of Essex and by an 700s King of Wessex.
Sibbery Lastname Siġeburg siġe burg The -bury ending would make this a woman's name in Old English times, but it is now more likely found to be found as a man's name, coming from the living Lastname.
Sidney Lastname Sīdenīeġ sīde īeg Often spelled "Sidney" for boys and "Sydney" for girls. Often shortened to "Sid". The head city in the Australian state of New South Wales. Sometimes comes from the name for the French town of Saint Denis, or from the Biblical "Sidon". Sometimes a varient of "Sindy", from "Cindy".
Sifled Revived Siġeflǣd siġe flǣd Also found as the lastname "Sifleet".
Sifrith Revived Siġefriþ siġe friþ Akin to the German name "Siegfried".
Sigger Lastname Siġegār, Siġehere siġe gār, here A blend of the Old English names Siġegār and Siġehere, and could sometimes come from the standalone Old Norse name "Sigar", kin with Old English "siġe". See also: Seyar.
Sillock Revived Siġelāc siġe lāc Also spelled: Sillick. Not known as a living given name. Shaped after the living lastname which comes from the same Old English given name.
Simmer Revived Siġemǣr siġe mǣr
Simmund Revived Siġemūnd siġe mūnd Akin to the German name "Sigmund".
Sinnoth Revived Siġenōþ siġe nōþ Also found as the living Lastname "Sinnott".
Sirred Revived Siġerǣd siġe rǣd
Sirrich Revived Siġerīċe siġe rīċe
Smedley Lastname Smēþelēah smēþe lēah Not a given name in OE.
Snowden Lastname Snāwdēnu, Snāwdūn snāw denu, dūn Also spelled: Snowdon. Not a given name in OE. The latter bit could be from either OE denu (a den, dale) or dūn (a down, hill). Borne by American political dissident Edward Snowden.
Somerset Lastname Sumertūnsǣte sumor tūn + sǣte Not a given name in OE. A locational lastname for someone from Somerset County, England, which was named for those seated or settled about Somerton (Summer-town).
Somerton Lastname Sumertūn sumor tūn Not a given name in OE. A locational lastname for someone from Somerton, in Somerset County, England. According to Robin Bush's 1994 book, Somerset: The Complete Guide, the town of Somerton was likely named after what was once a Summer grazing land for livestock, which would flood in the colder months of the year.
Southwell Lastname Sūþwille sūþ wille Not a given name in OE. A locational lastname for someone who lived near a well at the southern end of a town, or south of a town's main well.
Stafford Lastname Stæfford, Stedeford stæf, stede ford Not a given name in OE. The first deal of the name could be from either "stæf", meaning a staff (pole) that marked where to ford a stream; or it could be from "stede", a meaning a stead (town) where folks would ford a stream.
Stan Lastname Stān stān - A shortening of compound names such as Stanley and Stanton. For the natural, non-compounded varient, see also: Stone.
Stanford Lastname Stānford stān ford Not a given name in OE.
Stanley Lastname Stānlēah stān lēah Not a given name in OE.
Stannand Revived Stānhand stān hand
Stanton Lastname Stāntūn stān tūn Not a given name in OE.
Stone Living Stān stān - Most often from the locational lastname, "Stone", named for someone who lived on stoney land. Sometimes named straight for the word "stone", as a token of strength and steadfastness. See also: Stan.
Steadman Lastname Stedemann stede mann
Stewart Lastname Stiġweard stiġ weard “Stewart” spelling is more widespread as a lastname. Often shorted to “Stu” as a given name. The spelling “Stuart” is French, first made widespread in the 1500s, by Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots, who was reared in France. Borne by the House of Stewart/Stuart, which lead Scotland from 1371 to 1567, and then the United Kingdom from 1567 to 1714.
Stockley Lastname Stocclēah stocc lēah Not a given name in OE.
Stockton Lastname Stocctūn stocc tūn Not a given name in OE.
Stockwell Lastname Stoccwille stocc wille Not a given name in OE.
Stratford Lastname Strǣtford strǣt ford Not a given name in OE.
Strickland Lastname Stircland stirc land Not a given name in OE. From a lastname that has a metathesis of "stirk-" (a bullock) to "strick-".
Storm Living - storm - Seems to first become a given name in the 1900s. Not known to be a given name in Old English times.
Suffield Lastname Sūþfeld sūþ feld Not a given name in OE.
Suffolk Lastname Sūþfolc sūþ folc Not a given name in OE.
Sutcliff Lastname Sūþcliff sūþ cliff Not a given name in OE.
Sutton Lastname Sūþtūn sūþ tūn Not a given name in OE.
Summer Living Sumar sumer -
Summerlider Revived Sumerlida sumer lid
Sunday Living Sunnandæġ sunne dæġ
Sunny Living Sunna ♂ , Sunno ♀ sunne - While the Old English word “Sunne” (Sun) was feminine, it was sometimes made masculine as a given name “Sunna”, and in today’s English, as “Sunny”, is almost only given to women.
Swafbert Revived Swǣfbeorht swefn beorht
Swanton Lastname Swantūn swan tūn Not a given name in OE.
Swavard Revived Swǣfheard swefn heard
Swavild Revived Swǣfġild swefn ġild
Swavred Revived Swǣfrǣd swefn rǣd
Swinburne Lastname Swīnburne swīne burne Not a given name in OE.
Swinford Lastname Swīnford swīne ford Not a given name in OE.
Swinton Lastname Swīntūn swīne tūn Not a given name in OE.
Swithbald Revived Swīþbeald swīþ beald
Swithbert Revived Swīþbeorht swīþ beorht
Swithelm Revived Swīþhelm swīþ helm
Swithfrith Revived Swīþfriþ swīþ friþ
Swithnoth Revived Swīþnōþ swīþ nōþ
Swithoun Revived Swīþrǣd swīþ rǣd
Swithwin Revived Swīþwine swīþ wine
Switholf Revived Swīþwulf swīþ wulf
Thedbert Revived Þēodbeorht þeod beorht
Theddild Revived Þēodhild þeod hild
Thedred Revived Þēodrǣd þeod rǣd
Thedrich Revived Þēodrīċ þeod rīċe Kin with Old Low German Dederick, which yields Derek, Derreck, Derrick, Dirk.
Thedwolf Revived Þēodwulf þeod wulf
Thingfrith Revived Þingfriþ þingfriþ friþ
Thrithgar Revived Þrȳþgār þrȳþ gār
Thrithred Revived Þrȳþrǣd þrȳþ rǣd
Thrithwolf Revived Þrȳþwulf þrȳþ wulf
Thorburn Lastname Þurbeorn þur beorn Also spelled: Thurburn. The ”Thor-”/“Thur-” shape of Thor/Thunder is a late borrowing into Old English straight from Norse.
Thurbrand Revived Þurbrand þur brand
Thurfrith Revived Þurfriþ þur friþ
Thurlock Revived Þurlāc þur lāc
Thurlow Lastname Þurhlǣw þur hlǣw Not a given name in OE.
Thurstan Lastname Þurstān þur stān Also spelled: Thurston. The Old English name also yielded lastnames such as Duston and Dustin.
Thurwald Revived Þurweald þur weald
Tidbald Revived Tīdbeald tīd beald
Tidbert Revived Tīdbeorht tīd beorht
Tidbury Revived Tīdburg tīd burg
Tidfrith Revived Tīdfriþ tīd friþ
Tiddelm Revived Tīdhelm tīd helm
Tiddey Revived Tīdhēah tīd hēah
Tiddoun Revived Tīdhūn tīd hūn
Tidwald Revived Tīdweald tīd weald
Tidwolf Revived Tīdwulf tīd wulf
Tilbert Revived Tilbeorht til beorht
Tilden Lastname Tildenu til denu Not a given name in OE.
Tilford Lastname Tilford til ford Not a given name in OE.
Tillar Revived Tilhere til here
Tillman Lastname Tilmann til mann
Tilred Revived Tilrǣd til rǣd
Tilthane Revived Tilþeġn til þeġn
Tilton Lastname Tiltūn til tūn Not a given name in OE.
Tilwin Revived Tilwine til wine
Tirwald Revived Tīrweald Tīr weald The “Tir-” shape of Tue/Tye is a late borrowing into Old English straight from Norse.
Tirwolf Revived Tīrwolf Tīr wulf
Tortar Revived Torhthere torht here
Tortbert Revived Torhtbeorht torht beorht
Tortelm Revived Torhthelm torht helm
Tortith Revived Torhtgȳþ torht gȳþ
Tortmund Revived Torhtmūnd torht mūnd
Tortred Revived Torhtrǣd torht rǣd
Tortwald Revived Torhtweald torht weald
Tortwin Revived Torhtwine torht wine
Truman Lastname Trīewemann trīewe mann Not a given name in OE. Born by the American leader Harry S. Truman (1884-1972) and the American writer Truman Capote (1924-1984).
Trumbert Revived Trumbeorht trum beorht
Trummar Revived Trumhere trum here
Trumwin Revived Trumwine trum wine
Tuesday Living Tīwesdæġ Anglish spelling: Tewsday.
Tunbert Revived Tūnbeorht tūn beorht
Tunred Revived Tūnrǣd tūn rǣd
Tunrich Revived Tūnrīċ tūn rīċe
Tunwald Revived Tūnweald tūn weald
Tunwolf Revived Tūnwulf tūn wulf
Twyford Lastname Twīġeford twīġe ford Not a given name in OE.
Uhtferth Revived Ūhtferhþ ūht ferhþ
Uhtred Fossilised Ūhtrǣd ūht rǣd Borne by Uhtred of Bebbanburg in Bernard Cornwell’s ‘Saxon Series’, built on the life of Utred the Bold of the 1000s, and the happenings of Alfred the Great. See also: Outred.
Upton Lastname Upptūn upp tūn Not a given name in OE. Borne by the American writer and politician Upton Sinclair (1878-1968).
Wade Lastname Wada wadan -
Wadsworth Lastname Wadasworþ wadan worþ Also spelled: “Wordsworth”.
Waldar Revived Wealdhere weald here Kin with the Anglo-Norman name “Walter”.
Walden Lastname Wealdene wealh denu Not a given name in OE.
Walder Lastname Walda wald - From a lastname that meant a wold-dweller (woods-dweller).
Waldhelm Revived Wealdhelm weald helm
Waldmer Revived Wealdmǣr weald mǣr Kin with mainland “Waldemar”, and through that link, maybe also kin with the Slavic name “Vladimir”.
Walker Lastname Wealcere wealc -
Wallard Revived Wealhheard wealh heard
Walloun Revived Wealhhūn wealh hūn
Walthew Revived Wealhþēow wealh þēow
Walton Lastname Waldtūn, Wealhtūn, Wealltūn wald, wealh, weall tūn Not a given name in OE. From any number of town names, which could come from Old English “wald” (woods), “wealh” (welsh, foreign), or “weall” (wall) + “tūn” (town).
Warbury Revived Wærburg waru burg
Ward Lastname Wearda weard -
Wardar Revived Weardhere weard here Akin to the Norman name “Warner”.
Wardell Lastname Weardhyll weard hyll Not a given name in OE.
Warbald Revived Warbeald waru beald
Warbert Revived Warbeorht waru beorht
Warfrith Revived Warfriþ waru friþ
Warhard Revived Warheard waru heard
Warhelm Revived Warhelm waru helm
Warmund Revived Warmūnd waru mūnd
Warnoth Revived Warnōþ waru nōþ
Warstan Revived Warstān waru stān
Warthrith Revived Wærþrȳþ waru þrȳþ
Warwick Lastname Werwic wer wiċ Not a given name in OE.
Washington Lastname Hwæssingatūn Hwæssa (?) ing + tūn Not a given name in OE. Most often named after the American revolutionary leader George Washington (1732-1799).
Waybrand Revived Weġbrand weġ brand
Wayday Revived Weġdæġ weġ dæġ
Wayland Lastname Welhand wel hand Not a given name in OE.
Weestan Revived Wēohstān wēoh stān A hero spoken of in the epic poem Beowulf.
Weldon Lastname Willedūn wille denu, dūn Also spelled: “Welden”. Not a given name in OE. The latter bit could be from either OE denu (a den, dale) or dūn (a down, hill).
Wellington Lastname Weolingatūn Weola (?) ing + tūn Not a given name in OE. Either from the lastname, or named after Arthur Wellesley the first Duke of Wellington (1769-1852), who ended the Napoleonic wars by beating Napoleon in the Battle of Waterloo in 1815.
Welthrith Revived Wealhþrȳþ wealh þrȳþ
Welton Lastname Willetūn wille tūn Not a given name in OE.
Wentworth Lastname Winterworþ winter worþ Not a given name in OE.
Wesley Lastname Westlēah west lēah Not a given name in OE.
Weston Lastname Westtūn west tūn Not a given name in OE.
Whatbert Revived Hwǣtebeorht hwǣte beorht
Whatred Revived Hwǣtetūn hwǣte tūn
Wheatley Lastname Hwǣtelēah hwǣte lēah Also spelled: “Whatley”. Not a given name in OE.
Whitaker Lastname Hwītacer hwīt acer Not a given name in OE.
Whitfield Lastname Hwītfeld hwīt feld Not a given name in OE. Borne by American cryptographer Bailey Whitfield Diffie (1994).
Whitley Lastname Hwītlēah hwīt lēah Not a given name in OE.
Whitney Lastname Hwītnēah hwīt nēah Not a given name in OE.
Whitred Revived Hwītrǣd hwīt rǣd
Whittis Revived Hwīthyse hwīt hyse
Widsith Revived Wīdsīþ wīd sīþ
Wilbur Lastname Wildbār wild bār
Wilder Lastname Wilddēor wild dēor
Wilfled Revived Willflǣd will flǣd
Wilford Lastname Willford will ford Not a given name in OE.
Wilfred Lastname Willfriþ will friþ Also spelled: “Wilfrid”. Anglish spelling: “Wilfrith”. Borne by a holyman in the 600s. Brought back in the 1800s. The lastname “Wilfred” sometimes comes from a metathesis of “Wilford”.
Wilgar Revived Willgār will gār
Will Living Willa will - A shortening of compound names starting with “Will-”, such as William and Wilbur.
Willar Revived Willhere will here
Willard Living Willheard will heard
Willelm Revived Willhelm will helm Can also be spelled: Wilhelm. Overtaken by its Norman match, William, thanks to William of Normandy.
Wilmund Revived Willmūnd will mūnd
Wilmer Lastname Willmǣr will mǣr
Wilnoth Revived Willnōþ will nōþ
Willow Living - weliġ - Not a given name in OE. From the everyday word for the tree, from OE “welig”.
Wilred Revived Willrǣd will rǣd
Wilsey Revived Willsiġe will siġe
Wilstan Revived Willstān will stān
Wilyils Revived Willġils will ġīsel
Winbald Revived Winnbeald wine beald
Winbert Revived Winnbeorht wine beorht
Windsor Lastname Windlesōra windles ōra Not a given name in OE. Borne by the British Royal Family since 1917.
Winfield Lastname Winnfeld wine feld From a lastname that meant a “won” (worked/tilled) field.
Winfled Revived Wynnflǣd wynn flǣd
Winfred Living Winefriþ wine friþ Anglish spelling: “Winfrith”. Died out following the Norman overthrow, brought back in the 1800s. The name “Winifred” has been swayed by “Winfred”, but Winifred is rather an Englishing of the Welsh name “Gwenfrewi”.
Winfrith Revived Wynnfriþ wine friþ See also: Winfred.
Winnar Revived Wynnhere wine here
Winnie Living - wine - A shortening of names such as Winfred, Winifred (see Winfred) and Winston. More often a woman’s name than a man’s name.
Winhelm Revived Wynnhelm wine helm
Winsey Revived Wynnsiġe wine siġe
Winston Lastname Winnstān wine stān From the lastname “Winston”, not a name that lived through time as a given name. Borne by the English leader and writer Winston Spencer Churchill (1874-1965).
Winter Living - winter - Not a given name in OE. From the everyday word for the season, often given to someone born in the season of winter, or for someone with fair hair or skin, or ironically for someone with dark skin and hair.
Winthrop Lastname Wynnasþorp wine þorp Not a given name in OE. From the lastname “Winthorp”, which comes from the name of a town, or “thorp” named for someone known as “Wynna”. Spread by the early settler kindred of Winthrop of New England.
Winton Lastname Winastūn , Winntūn , Wiþiġtūn wine tūn Not a given name in OE. From the lastname “Winton”, which comes at times from OE “Winastūn” (Wina’s town), “Winntun” (field-town), or “Wiþiġtūn” (withy/willow-town).
Witbald Revived Wihtbeald wiht beald
Witbert Revived Wihtbeorht wiht beorht
Witbrod Revived Wihtbrord wiht brord
Witbury Revived Wihtburg wiht burg
Witfled Revived Wihtflǣd wiht flǣd
Witfrith Revived Wihtfriþ wiht friþ
Witgar Revived Wihtgār wiht gār
Witlof Revived Wihtlāf wiht lāf
Witmund Revived Wihtmūnd wiht mūnd
Witnoth Revived Wihtnōþ wiht nōþ
Witred Revived Wihtrǣd wiht rǣd
Witsey Revived Wihtsiġe wiht siġe
Wittar Revived Wihthere wiht here
Wittard Revived Wihtheard wiht heard
Wittelm Revived Wihthelm wiht helm
Wittoun Revived Wihthūn wiht hūn
Wityils Revived Wihtgils wiht ġils
Wolf Living Wulfa , Offa wulf -
Wolfbald Revived Wulfbeald wulf beald
Wolfbert Revived Wulfbeorht wulf beorht
Wolfled Revived Wulfflǣd wulf flǣd
Wolfgang Hypothetical *Wulfgang wulf gang Not found as a name in Old English. If it were, it would likely take the same shape as the living mainland name, “Wolfgang”. See also: Gangwolf.
Wolfgar Revived Wulfgār wulf gār
Wolflof Revived Wulflāf wulf lāf
Wolfmer Revived Wulfmǣr wulf mǣr
Wolfred Revived Wulfrǣd wulf rǣd
Wolfrich Revived Wulfrīċ wulf rīċe
Wolfroun Lastname Wulfrūn wulf rūn The name died out as a given name but lives on as the English Lastname Wolfroun.
Wolfsey Revived Wulfsiġe wulf siġe
Wolfstan Revived Wulfstān wulf stān
Wolswith Revived Wulfswīþ wulf swīþ
Wolthrith Revived Wulfþrȳþ wulf þrȳþ
Wolvar Revived Wulfhere wulf here Born by a 600s King of Mercia.
Wolvard Revived Wulfheard wulf heard
Wolvat Revived Wulfġeat wulf ġeat
Wolver Revived Wulfwaru wulf waru
Wolvey Revived Wulfhēah wulf hēah
Wolvin Revived Wulfwine ♂ , Wolfwynn ♀ wulf wine , wynn
Wolvith Revived Wulfgȳþ wulf gȳþ
Wolvive Revived Wulfġifu wulf ġifu
Wolvoun Revived Wulfhūn wulf hūn
Woodrow Lastname Wudurǣw wudu rǣw Not a given name in OE. Borne by the United States leader Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924).
Woodstock Lastname Wudustocc wudu stocc Not a given name in OE. Spread by the Woodstock Music & Art Fair of 1969.
Woodward Lastname Wuduweard wudu weard From an occupational name for someone who warded, or cared for the woods.
Wren Living - - - Not a given name in OE. From the everyday word for the bird, from OE “wrenna”.
Wyatt Lastname Wīġheard wīġ heard Not a given name in OE. Spread by American lawman Wyatt Earp (1848-1929) who was in the Gunfight at the OK Corrall of 1881.
Wybald Revived Wīġbeald wīġ beald
Wybert Living Wīġbeorht wīġ beorht
Wybury Revived Wīġburg wīġ burg
Wyfrith Revived Wīġfriþ wīġ friþ
Wyfous Revived Wīġfūs wīġ fūs
Wyhar Revived Wīġhere wīġ here
Wyhard Revived Wīġheard wīġ heard
Wyhelm Revived Wīġhelm wīġ helm
Wyhey Revived Wīġhēah wīġ hēah
Wylof Revived Wīġlāf wīġ lāf
Wymund Living Wīġmūnd wīġ mūnd Also found by the Norman-spelling of "Wymond".
Wynoth Revived Wīġnōþ wīġ nōþ
Wyred Revived Wīġrǣd wīġ rǣd
Wystan Living Wīġstān wīġ stān Also spelled: “Wistan”, as in the hallowed man of the 800s who was an atheling, and was killed by his nephew Bertwolf. Borne by the writer Wystan Hugh Auden (1907-1973).
Wythane Revived Wīġþeġn wīġ þeġn
Wyswith Revived Wīġswīþ wīġ swīþ
Yardley Lastname Ġeardlēah ġeard lēah Not a given name in OE. Born by the actress Yeardley Smith (1964-now), the voice of Lisa Simpson of The Simpsons.
Yardwin Revived Ġēardwine ġeard wine
Yardwolf Revived Ġeardwulf ġeard wulf
Yildwin Revived Ġildewine ġeld wine
Yiselar Revived Ġīslhere ġīls , ġīsl here
Yiselard Revived Ġīslheard ġīls , ġīsl heard
Yiselbert Revived Ġīslbeorht ġīls , ġīsl beorht Akin to the Norman name Gilbert.
Yiselmer Revived Ġīslmǣr ġīls , ġīsl mǣr
Yiselmund Revived Ġīslmūnd ġīls , ġīsl mūnd
Yenbald Revived Ġēanbald ġēan beald
Yenbert Revived Ġēanbeorht ġēan beorht
Yenbury Revived Ġēanburg ġēan burg
Yenred Revived Ġēanred ġēan rǣd
Yenthrith Revived Ġēanþrȳþ ġēan þrȳþ

Make Your Own Name

The following is a hoard of words that are often found in English bindnames. (Further reading on Germanic Names on Wikipedia.) These long-standing English naming words can be blended together to make new names. While there are many spellings of words that have come down to us over the years, only the most widespread, well-known shapes are given. So, for the bind-word shape of “lea” we only have “-ley”, as in “Ashley” rather than “Ashlee”, “Ashleigh” and so on. Since many naming words died out altogether, some of them had to be shaped anew for today’s readers. These are marked with a star (*).

The old Germanic naming way was to blend an adjective (“rich”, “beloved”) with a noun (“hill”, “rose”, “fighter”). While some of our names keep this trend, many have come to us through lastnames. This is also why there are not only more wepmanly (♂) names, but that many of the landmark words (“east”, “field”, “hill”, and so on) are linked with naming men. Stanley bears this out, as it comes from a lastname for someone who lived in a stony lea.

Another Old English naming way is rhyming. A rhyme these days might read like, “Alvin, Edwin and Elwin.” Though there are also fore-rhymes, like “Edgar and Edward”.

The naming words are marked as wepmanly (♂), womanly (♀), or shared (⚥) kinds of man, to show you how they've been borne before. However, it’s up to the reader to find the word that fits best for any given name. Ashley, like Stanley, was once a wepmanly name, as it was meant to show kinship, but it has since shifted to mostly a womanly name.

Some craftiness and understanding of how speech works is needed when making bindnames. English has two kinds of consonants, spoken and whispered. Put your finger to your throat, make an “f” and then a “v”. You’ll see that you make the same shape in your mouth. But as your finger will tell you, you only whisper the “f”, while you speak the “v”. Vowels are always spoken. So, when the fricative consonants (s/z, f/v, th/TH) fall between vowels, they’re often spoken too. It’s also needful to think of how the twained staves shift how a word reads, “sh”, “th”, “ch”. You should also think about the “unspoken e” that shifts the lengths of vowels (as in “bit” to “bite”). It’s best to speak a name aloud a few times to see how it flows, and then to think of how to put that in writing.

Binding “Alf-” and “-win” yields Alvin (not “Alfwin”). When “Alf-” is bound with “-win” it’s smoother to drop the “w”. The “f” is spoken since it blurs into the incoming “i” vowel, and the “f” is therefore written as a “v”.
Binding “Os-” and “-helm” yields “Oselm” (not “Oshelm”).
Binding “Bert-” and “-har” yields “Bertar” (not “Berthar”).
Binding “Blis-” and “-har” yields “Blissar” (not “Blisar”).
Binding “Ed-” and “-gith” yields “Edith” (not “Edgith”).
Staves are therefore marked in brackets if they might need to be swapped or dropped.

OE Shape Kind Foreword Afterword Background
acer Acker- -aker An acre, field, a tiller, tilled land.
āc Oak- An oak tree, or tall, or strong.
ād *Ad- A bonfire, a fire great enough to burn bones.
æġel Ail- An atheling, highborn, or leaderly, or righteous. (A late offshoot of OE æþel.)
ǣġen Ain- One’s own, beholden only to oneself.
æl *Al- All, full, whole, or everyone.
ælf Al(f/v)-, El(f/v)- -alf, -elf An elf, someone smart, crafty, or handsome.
æṡċ Ash- An ash tree, or the World Tree, or the first man. (Ash [Askr] in Germanic folklore was the first Man, along with the first woman, Elm [Embla].)
æt At- At, on, near to.
æþel Athel-, Ethel- An atheling, highborn, or leaderly, or righteous.
amal Amal- Bold, hardworking, or of the Amalings.
ān An- One, or alone.
and *An- Back, against, wither, over, or without.
angel-, engel-, ingel- *Eng(e)l- English, Anglo-Saxon, or an angler, or an angle. (They all spring from a shared root meaning of “an angle”, as in “a hook”.)
anġen *Onyen- Ongoing, forward, or against, or to come again.
āwa *Aw(a)- Always, ever, forever.
bær Bar- Bare, naked.
bær Bar- Barley.
bār Bor- -bur A boar, a wild swine.
beadu *Bad- To beat, fight.
bēag Bag- Bent, like a bight, bow, or ring.
beald Bald- -bald Bold, strong, lordly, or the Bold god.
bēan Ban- A bean, or bean-tiller.
bearn *-barn A barn, a child.
bec, bæċ Beck- A beck, beach, brook, or stream.
bēd *Bede- *-bede To ask, bid, beseech; or a worshipping bead.
bēo *Bee- A bee, honey-maker; or busy.
beofer Bever- A beaver; or busy, hardworking.
beonet Bent- Bent, a strong, stiff grass.
beorg *Ber- *-bery A barrow, berg, hill, mound.
beorht Bert- -bert Bright, fair, beloved, shining.
beorn, bera Bern- -bern A bear; or a strong man or woman. (The words for “bear” and “man” blended together in names, since the OE word beorn [man] took the same shape as the Frankish word beorn [bear].)
bēt *Bet- *-bet Better, great, good, well.
bill *Bill- *-bill Bill-like, sharp, smart, an edge, a sword.
birċe Berk- A birch tree, or field of birch.
blæc Black- Black, dark, swart; or deep; or dirty; or evil.
blīc *Blick- Blick, shining, beloved.
blīþ *Blith- Blithe, bliss, gladness, happiness.
bod *Bod- *-bode To bode, tell, ask.
bord -bord A board, shield.
bōt *Bot- *-boot To boot, help, free; eke to.
brād Brad- Broad, wide, deep, open.
brand Brand- -brand A brand, fire, light, or sword.
breġu *Brey- Strong, leaderly, shining, beloved.
brōc Brock- -brook A brook, stream.
brocc Brock- A brock, or earth-dweller.
brōm Brom- Broom, sedge, underwood, a besom.
brord Brod- *-brod A brad, spike, spear, arrow, thin blade.
brūn Bron- *-brown Brown, dark, or a bear.
bryċġ Bridge- A bridge.
bryne Bren- Burning, fiery, hot-blooded.
bucca Buck- A buck, a goat or hart.
būr *-bur A bower, dwelling, town.
burg Bur- -bury A borough, a strong, walled town.
burne Burn- -burn A burn, stream, brook, spring.
byrne Burn- A burne/byrnie, shieldwear, shield; shelter.
cæd *Cad- A boat, or a seaman.
cald Cald- Cold, wintry.
camb -comb A comb, a hollow, or a narrow dale.
cār -car Careful, burdened, or worried.
ċead Chad- (Of unknown spring. Maybe an Old English borrowing of the Brythonic word 'kad', meaning fightlock.)
ċealc Chel- Chalk; white.
cealf Cal(f/v)- A calf, a young cow.
ċeap Chap- Cheap; a good deal; to deal in goods.
cēne Ken- Keen, bold, fit.
cent Kent- The land of Kent.
ċēol *Chel- Of a ship’s keel, a ship, or a sailor. (The ‘hard k’ found in keel was shaped by inflow from Old Norse.)
ċeorl *Cherl- *-cherl A churl, a freeman, a bower. (A churl in olden times was an everyday free-man, above a thew, but not of high standing.) (The name was seldom borne even in Old English times. Most likely all living names with Charl- / Charles are from the French borrowing.)
ċild -child A child, youthful.
ċirċe Church- -church A church. (Kin with the Northern word 'Kirk', likely shaped by Norse inflow .)
clǣġ Clay- Clay, sticky earth.
clif Cli(f/v)- -cliff A cliff, headland, or stone.
clȳd Clyde- Clean, or to cleanse.
cniht Knight- A knight, righteous wye, fighter, or a boy.
cnof *Knu(f/v)- A knuff, churl, free-man, or boyish.
col Col- -coal Coal, dark, black, swarthy.
cote Cot- A cote, house, dwelling.
cran Cran- A crane, wading bird.
crāwe Craw- A crow; black; forboding.
croft Croft- -croft A croft, field, lea.
crumb Crom- Bent, hooked.
cume -combe To come, happen, arise.
cūþ Cuth- Couth, well-known, or beloved. (Couth has an older meaning of “well-known”.)
cweld *Queld- ( Cweld- ) To quell, stop, kill, or death, ending, evening. (As 'Qu-' is from French inflow, this could be spelled as Cweld- for a more inborn spelling.)
cwēn Quen- ( Cwen- ) Queenly, leaderly, or womanly, wifely. (A queen in olden times meant not only a king’s wife, but the same as “lady” or “woman” does today.) (As 'Qu-' is from French inflow, this could be spelled as Cwen- for a more inborn spelling.)
cwic Quick- ( Cwick- ) Quick, lively, or speedy. (As 'Qu-' is from French inflow, this could be spelled as Cwick- for a more inborn spelling.)
cyne Kin- Of the kin, theed, folk, or kingly, leaderly. (The words kin, and kind, are from the same rootword cynn which meant “folk” or “strain”. King comes from cynning [leader of the kin] and was shortened to cyne in names. These therefore often get lumped together.)
cynning King- See: cyne.
cytel *Kell- *-kell A holy kettle, or a helm, headwear.
dæd *Ded- A deed, or a doer.
dæġ Day- -day The day, bright, shining.
dæl Dale- -dale A dale, dell, a hollow, land between hills.
deal Dal- Proud, a blowhard.
dell Dell- -dell A dell, small dale, hollow, land between hills.
dene Dan- -dan Danish.
denu -den A dene, dale, hollow, or a being’s den. (-den is often blended with -don, meaning a “down” or “hill”, as in names like Snowdon/Snowden.)
dēor Der- -der A roe deer, any wild being, or bold. (Deer in olden times meant any wild being.)
dēore Dar- Dear, beloved.
dod *Dod- Naked, or without.
dōm *Dom- -dom Doom, outcome, or something foretold.
drēam *Dream- To dream, or happiness, or song.
drȳġe Dry- Dry.
dryht *Drit- A dright, a band of fighters, a folk, or a leader.
dūn Dun- -don A down, dune, a hill. (The -don shape is often blended with -den, meaning a “dene" or “hollow”, as in names like Snowdon/Snowden.)
dunn Dun- Dun, dark, brown, or black.
dūru Dur- A door, an opening.
ēad Ed- Wealth, riches, a gift, or happiness.
eald Al(d)-, El(d)- Old, elderly, wise, learned.
ealh Al(c)- A holyhall, shelter.
ēan *Ean- To yean, eke, breed, yield, or bloom.
earn Ern- An erne, bird, seabird, or flight.
ēast East- East, the rising sun.
ēast East- East, shining, the rising sun.
ēaster Easter- The god of yeaning, the rising sun in the East.
eċġ Eg- An edge, sword, or smart, sharp.
eofer Ever- A boar.
eoh *E- A horse, or horse-rider.
eorcon *Erken- Shining, or dear, or great, or the god Tiw.
eorl Earl- An earl, a man of high standing.
eormen *Ermen- Great, strong, or endless, or the god Woden. (Armin, as found in the name Irminsul, “the World Tree”, was also likely a nickname for the god Woden. The Norse name for the World Tree, Yggdrasil, comes from Ygg’s- “Woden’s” -drasil “horse/hanging-tree”.)
eorp Erp- Swarthy, or brown.
eorþe Ard- Earth, land, homeland.
fæġer Fair- Fair, handsome, light.
fær Far- -(f/v)are To fare, wander.
fæst *Fast- Fast, set, strong, true.
fearn Fern- A fern.
feax -fax Hair, locks.
feld Field- -(f/v)ield A field, croft, lea.
fenn Fen- A fen, a marshland.
ferhþ *Ferth- *-(f/v)erth Mind, soul, heart.
flǣd Fled- -(f/v)led Fair, pretty, beloved.
flēot Fleet- Floating; or a fleet of ships; a harbour; a sailor.
folc *Folk- -(f/v)olk The folk, theed, one’s kinsmen.
ford Ford- -(f/v)ord A ford, water-faring.
frēa *Fre- *-frey A lord, or the god of yeaning Frey Ingwin.
frenc Frank- A Frank, or freedom, or a freeman.
frēo Free- Free, frithful, or beholden to no one.
friþ Frith- -(f/v)rith Free, frithful, sheltered.
frōd *Frod- Frood, old, wise, learned.
frōd Frost- Frosty, wintry; cold; white-haired.
fugol Ful- A fowl, or any bird.
full Ful- Full, whole.
fūs *-(f/v)ouse Fouse, keen, bold, ready.
gād Gad- A gad, a gore, a spear, or a sharp stick.
gang Gang- -gang To go, to fare. (As in a gangway.)
gār Gar- -gar A gore, spear, or three-sided thing.
ġēan *Yen- To go; or go back again. (The 'hard g' in again was likely shaped by Norse inflow.)
ġeard Yard- -(y)ard A yard, field, or the stakes that bind them. (Yard shares same root as garđr “garth” in ON Miđgarđr “Middle-Yard” or “Middle-Earth”.)
ġeat *Yat- A gate, an opening. (The ‘hard g’ found at the start of the living English word for gate was shaped by inflow from Old Norse.)
ġeld *Yild- *-(y)eld Golden, gilded, worthy, or yielding. (The ‘hard g’ found at the start of the living English word for gold/gild was shaped by inflow from Old Norse.)
ġeong *Young- Young, new, youthful.
ġifu *-(y)ive A gift. (The ‘hard g’ found at the start of the living word was shaped by inflow from Old Norse.)
ġīls *Yils- *-(y)ils See: ġīsel.
ġīsel *Yisel- *-(y)isl A guest, or someone held in oath. (A ġīsel in Anglo-Saxon times was often a child of a king or lord held in trust against another.)
glæd Glad- Glad, happy, shining, blessed.
god God- A god, or the God (Yahweh).
gōd Good- -good Good, worthy, a gift.
gold Gold- Golden, gilded, worthy; yellow-haired.
græs Gres- Grass, or an open field.
grim Grim- -grim A mask, a grime.
grund Gra- Ground, crushed, grit.
gūþ *Guth- *-(g)uth A fight, a fighter, or fightlock. (As in Guthlock.)
gȳþ -(g)ith A fight, a fighter, or fightlock. (As in Edith.)
hād *-(h)ood A kind, a way of being (-hood).
hǣlþ *Hal- Healthy, whole.
hǣst *Hest- Anger, storm, madness.
hǣþ Hath- -(h)eath A heather shrub, a heath, or wild lands.
hǣþen Heathen- A heathen, believer in the old gods, or wild.
hām Ham- -(h)am A home, dwelling, homestead, or town.
hamel Hamil- Broken, rough.
hand Hand- *-(h)and Hand, strength, shelter, leadership.
hār Hor- Hoary, grey, old, wise, beloved.
hara Hare- A hare, coney, bunny.
heaþu *Had- A fight, a fighter, or fightlock.
hēafod Head -(h)ead Head, hair, mind, soul.
hēah Hey- High, above, leaderly, beloved.
heald Hold- -(h)old To hold, or friendly, or watchful.
healf Half- Half, split.
heall Hall- -(h)all A hall, building, dwelling.
heard Hard- Hard, strong, stern, leaderly.
heġ Hay- Hay, grass, fodder.
helm Helm- -(h)elm Helm, shelter, shielding, shieldwear.
help *Help- Help, uplifting.
heorot Hart- A hart, stag, roe deer.
heoru *Her- A sword, an edge, or sharpness.
here Har- *-(h)er A here, body of fighters.
hierde -(h)erd A herder, a shepherd.
hil Hil- A hill; high up.
hild Hild- -(h)ild A fight, hild, a fighter, or fightlock.
hlǣw Low- -low A low, a hill.
hlūd *Lud- Loud, well-heard, or well-known.
hlūd *Lud- Loud, well-heard, or well-known.
hol Hol- A hole, a hollow; deep.
horh Hor- Hore, earth, mud; filth, unclean.
hramsan Ram- Ramsons, wild garlic.
hræfn Ren- *-ren A raven, watchful, foreboding.
hrēod Rid- Reed, rush, watery grass.
hrōþ Roth- -roth Great, well-known, beloved.
hryċġ Ridge- -ridge A ridge, row of hills, or a spine.
hūn *Hun- *-(h)oun A young bear, or a child.
hunt Hunt- A hunter, or hound, wolf.
hwæt What- Quick, lively, bold.
hwǣte Wheat- Wheat, grain.
hwīt Whit- White, shining, bright, fair, beloved.
hyġe Hy- High, thought, understanding, mindful. (As in Ođinn’s raven Huginn.)
hyll Hill- -(h)ill A hill, a down, mound or barrow.
hyse His- -(h)is A young man, a fighter.
hȳþ *Hy -eth A hithe, haven, wharf.
-ich I, the self, awareness.
īeġ Ey- -ey An island. (The “s” spelling in “island” was put in by writers who mistakenly likened the word to the Latin word “isle”.)
ing -ing Belonging to, or a child of.
Ing(wine) Ing- The god Frey (Lord) Ingwin. Yeanful, bearing.
īren Iron- -iron Iron, hard, strong, steadfast.
lāc Lock- -lock A godly gift, or beloved, or playful, or a deed or way of being (as in wedlock).
lāf La(f/v)- -lof Who is left, an afterbear, a follower, an erve.
land Land- -land Land, earth, a folkdom.
lang Lang- Long, tall.
lēac Lay- A leek, spring.
lēah Le- -ley A lea, field.
lēod *Led- The lede, folk, theed, or a kinsman.
lēof Le- -leaf Lief, beloved, dear, a leman.
lid *Lid- -lid To lithe, a wayfarer/seafarer, or a ship or wain.
locc -lock A lock of hair.
lufu *-love Beloved, fair, lovely.
mǣd Med- A meadow.
mæġen Main- Main, mighty, great.
mǣr Mer- -mer Mere, great, well-known, couth.
mæþel *Mathel- Meetly, talkative, friendly, bringing together.
mann Man -man A man, a fighter, strong.
marṡċ Mars- A marsh.
mearc Mark- A mark, or a march, a spot or edge.
mere Mar- -more A mere, sea, stream or any body of water.
miht *Mit- Mighty, great, strong, beloved.
mild Mild- Mild, soft, mellow.
mōd *Mod- -mood Mood, soul, mind, heart.
mōna Mon- The Moon.
mōr Mor- A moor, fen, marsh, swamp.
mūnd Mound- -mund A mound, march, shelter, hand, strength.
mȳþe My- The mouth of a stream.
nēah -ney Nigh, near, or an island.
nēowe New- New, young.
nīþ Nith- *-nithe Nithe, hatred.
norþ North- North.
nōþ *Noth- *-noth Bold, daring, ready.
ōht *Ot- Fear, foe, doom, weird.
ōra -or Muddy earth, an edge, or a shelf of land.
ord Ord- An ord, a spear-tip.
ōs Os- One of the gods (Ese), the god Woden, or speech. (Ese is the English kin to the Norse word Æsir. The word Os is also linked with speech and Woden, the god of words and wisdom.)
pīl Pil- A pile, spike, spear, arrow.
pinn Pen- A pin, something stuck out, such as a cliff or ridge.
pleġ Play- Playing, quick, lively.
port -port A port, a haven.
rǣd Red- -red Rede, reading, telling, understanding, wisdom.
rǣw -row A row, string.
rāhā Ray- A roe deer.
ramm Ram- A ram, a sheep.
rand Rand- *-rand A rand, an edge, a shield-rim.
rēad Red- -red Red, ruddy; fiery.
reġn Rain- To set right, to lead, to give rede or reading.
rīċ Rich- -rich Rich, wealthy, leaderly.
rōse Rose- A rose blossom.
rud Rud- A rudd fish; ruddy, red.
rūh Row- Rough, furrowed.
rūn *Roun- -roun Rouns, the unknown, riddle, understanding. (The rouns, or runes, were seemingly otherwordly markings that came to the English before the Latin staffrow. Roun means “something hidden”.)
ryġe Ry- Rye grain.
ryṡċ Rush- Rush, marsh-grass.
Sea- -sea The sea, or any body of water.
sǣte -set A settle, a seat (house, home, dwelling, land). (See also: setl.)
sām Sam- Half, split.
sand Sand- -sand Sand, grit.
ṡċeaft Shaft- A shaft, spear; something made.
ṡċeaga -shaw Shaw, thicket.
ṡċealc Shalk- -shalk A shalk, man, fellow, helper, sailor, fighter. (A shalk in olden times could be a bondman or a man of low standing who might work or go to fight.)
ṡċēap Shep- Sheep, lamb, shy, weak.
ṡċio -shoe A shoe, clothing, sheath.
ṡċīr Sher- Sheer, shining, bright, fair, white, beloved.
ṡċylf Shel- A shelf, slope, floor.
seax Sax- -sex A sax knife, sword, or a Saxon.
sealh Sel- A sallow (willow tree); yellow; sickly.
sele Sel- A great hall or house.
seolh Sel- A seal.
setl -set A settle, a seat (house, home, dwelling, land). (See also: sǣte.)
sīde Sid- Side, edge, long, wide.
siġe Si- -sey Sey, winning, shining.
sīþ *Sith- *-sithe Wayfaring, outing, wandering.
smēþe Smed- Smooth, calm, mindful.
smiþ Smith- -smith A smith, craftsman.
snāw Snow- Snow, white, fair, or cold, wintry.
stæf Sta(f/v)- A staff (a stick, rod, pole; a straight line, bookstaff).
stān Stan- -stan A stone, hard, strong, steadfast.
stede Stead- -stead A stead, land, dwelling, town, or steadfast.
stī Ste- A sty, house, hall. (As in a pig sty, or a steward.)
stīrc Strick- A stirk, steer, bull.
stocc Stock- -stock A stock, tree stump, or stead.
stōw -stow A spot to stow something, a stead.
strǣt Strat- A street, road, way.
sumer Summer- Summer, warm, sunny.
sunne Sun- The sun; bright, shining.
sunu -son A son of.
sūþ South- South.
swan Swan- A swan.
swefn Swe(f/v)- Asweve, asleep, dead.
swīn Swin- A swine, pig, boar.
swīþ *Swith- *-swith Swithe, true, strong, healthy.
þanc Thank- -thank To think, thoughtful, thankful, mindful, smart.
þeġn Thane- -thane A thane, leader, fighter, man. (A thane in Anglo-Saxon times was a free man of high standing. He was often a leader of fighting men.)
þēod *Thed- The theed, folk, lede, kinsmen, land.
þēow Thew- *-thew A thew, worker, helper, thrall, bondman. (A thew in Anglo-Saxon times was a lowly working bondman, owned by another man.)
þing Thing- A thing, being, self, or deed, or meeting.
þorn Thorn- A thorn, spiked bush, or rough.
þorp Thorp- -thorp A thorp, town, or throng, one who brings together.
þrīst *-thrist Bold, daring.
þrȳþ *Thrith- -thrith Thrith, strength, the god and daughter of the Thunder god. (Thrith in Germanic folklore is a god born from the god of Thunder [Thor] and his wife, Sib [Sif].)
þuner Thur- Thunder, the god of Thunder (Thor) and the working man.
þur Thur- See: þuner. (A late borrowing into Old English from Old Norse.)
tīd *Tid- Tide, time, happening.
til Til- Tilled, good, fit.
Tīr- Tir- See: Tīw. (A late borrowing into Old English from Old Norse.)
Tīw Tue-, Tew- Shining, beloved, great, the one-handed god Tue. (Tue comes from a word meaning “shining one”, from the same rootword as deity, Deus and Zeus.)
torht *Tort- Bright, shining, beloved, watchful.
trēow Trow- A tree, tall, strong.
trīewe True- -true True, trustworthy, troth.
trym Trim- Trim, fit, strong, sound.
tūn Town- -ton A town, dwelling or yard.
twīġe Twy Twice, two, a twin.
ūht *Ut- *-out Dawn, dusk, twilight, daybreak.
upp Up- Up, above.
wacu Wake- Awake, watchful, lively.
wad Wad- To wade, wayfare, or water, or the god Wade.
wād Od- Woad, blue.
weġ Way- -(w)ay A way, road, or to wayfare, wander.
wæl *Wal- Death, slaughter. (Wal is found in words such as Woden’s Walhall “hall of the slain” and Walkyries “choosers of the slain”.
wæter Water- -water Water, sea, steam, flow.
wald Wald- -(w)ald A wold, woodland.
wand *Wand- To wander, wayfare, or wend, turn.
waru War- *-(w)are Aware, watchful, wise.
wealcan Walk- To walk, tread, step, fare.
weald Wald- -(w)ald Wielding, strength, leadership, lordly.
wealh Wel- *-wel Welsh, an outsider, or bondman. (Welsh was a word once borne for any non-Germanic outsider, not only the Welsh folkdom of today. It was often borne in a manner of ill-will.)
weard Ward- -(w)ard A ward, watchman, keeper, leader, lord, or strong.
wel Wel- Well, good, fit, strong.
weliġ Wil- A willow tree, tall, strong.
wēoh *Wee- Blessed, hallowed, the soul. (One of the three shapes that make up the All-father: Wode (see Wod-), Will (see Wil-) and Wee. As in Ođinn, Vili & Vē.)
wer War- A weir, dam.
west West- West, the setting sun.
wiċ Wick- -(w)ich, -(w)ick A wick, town, dwelling, homestead, or haven, bay.
wīd Wid- -(w)ide Wide, far.
wīf *-(w)ife Wife, woman, lady. (A wife in olden times meant the same as“woman” or “lady” does today. “Woman” is a shortening of “wife-man”, where “man” means our kind as a whole, and our other half is a “weapon-man” or “were-man”.)
wīġ Wy- -wy A fight, a fighter, or fightlock, wye.
wiht *Wit- -wight A wight, an elf, ghost, a man, or any living being.
wilde Wild- -(w)ild Wild, free, carefree, unbroken.
will Wil- Will, want, wish, yearning. (One of the three shapes that make up the All-father: Wode (see Wod-), Will and Wee (see Wee-). As in Ođinn, Vili & Vē.)
wille Wel- A well, spring, stream.
wine Win- -win Winner, friendly, or work, or want, or gladness. (Blended with womanly OE wynn. Win springs from an old word which split into sundry meanings, the main being “to wish”.) See also: wynn.
winter Went- Winter, cold, dark.
wīs *-(w)ise Wise, smart, or a way of being.
wiþig Wi(n)- A withy (a willow-tree).
wōd *Wod- Wode, madness, insight, song, the god Woden. (Wode, meaning “madness” or “insight”, springs from the same root as the name of the god Woden/Ođinn. One of the three shapes that make up the All-father: Wode, Will (see Wil-) and Wee (see Wee-). As in Ođinn, Vili & Vē.)
worþ -(w)orth A yard, tilled land, homestead.
wudu Wood- -(w)ood Woods, woodland.
wulf Wol(f/v)- -wolf A wolf, hound, or hunter.
wynn Win- -win Winner, friendly, or work, or want, or gladness. (Blended with wepmanly OE wine. Win springs from an old word which split into sundry meanings, the main being “to wish”.) See also: wine.

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Brythonic Names

Anglo-Celtic
Name Kind Whence Notes
Cadmon Cædmon
Celtic
Name Kind Whence Notes
Carey
Donald Domhnall
Douglas
Kenneth
Leslie
Owen

Greek & Latin Names

Greek & Latin
Name Kind Whence Notes
Ayax Aiāx kin: Ajax
Chester castrum
Fillip Φίλιππος kin: Philip, Phil, Filippo, Philippe
Mark Marcus kin: Marcus, Marco, Marcellus, Martin (The element 'Mark' found in English lastnames such as Markham is unrelated and comes from the Old English word mierċe, meaning a border/edge, as in the land of Mercia -- the historical Borderlands between England and Wales, and The Mark from Tolkien's writings.)
Look Lūcās kin: Luke, Lucas, Luca
Yason Ιάσων kin: Jason, Giasone
Paul Paulum
Anton Antonius kin: Anthony

Hebrew & Aramaic Names

Hebrew & Aramaic
Name Kind Whence Notes
Benyamin ‎♂ בִּנְיָמִין kin: Benjamin, Ben
Yacob Iacobus kin: James, Jacob, Jack, Jacques, Iago, Jeb, Giacomo, Seamus, Jim, Josephine
Yames Iacomus kin: James, Jacob, Jack, Jacques, Iago, Jeb, Giacomo, Seamus, Jim, Josephine
Yesu ‎♂‎ יֵשׁוּע kin: Joshua, Jesus
Yeshua Ieshua kin: Joshua, Jesus
Yohanna Iohanna kin: Jean, Joan, Johanna, Siobhán, Joana
Yohannes Iohannes kin: John, Johan, Hans, Giovanni, Jean, Juan, Evan, Ian, Ivan
Barþolomeus Bartholomæus kin: Bartholomew
Matþeus Matthaeus kin: Matthew, Mateo Note: This name wasn't used as a given name in England until the Norman invasion.
Yoodas Ioudas kin: Judas, Jude
Yoode Ioudas kin: Jude, Judas
Petrus Petrus kin: Peter
Andres Andreas kin: Andrew, Andre, Andres
Þaddeus Thaddaeus kin: Thaddeus
Timoþeus Timotheus kin: Timothy
Yeshua Yeshua kin: Joshua, Jesus
Þomas Θωμάς kin: Tomas
Simon Simon kin: Simeon
Simeen Simeon kin: Simeon, Simon
Maria Maria kin: Mary, Mariam
Sara שרה
Ewe Eve
Aaron Ααρών
Ruþ רות‎
Susanna Susanna kin: Susan, Sukey