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Re: Hell(en)ish oddities

From:Keith Alasdair Mylchreest <kam@...>
Date:Sunday, December 3, 2000, 3:32
On Fri, Dec 01, 2000 at 02:32:06PM +0100, BP Jonsson wrote:
> At 19:40 2000-11-22 -0500, Oskar Gudlaugsson wrote: > >That name, however, is exclusively Icelandic, being one among a series of > >very common Icelandic names starting with "Gud-", meaning 'God'. The name > >is kind of obscure, but I guess it kind of means "Bathed by God". The most > >common is "Gudmundur", "Weapon of God". > > "Gudmund" is, or was, used in peninsular Scandinavian too. > > / B.Philip Jonsson B^)>
I'd always thought the Guth- /guD-/ ? in all those old pagen Danish names that turn up in the AS Chronicle was from Norse guDr = battle. I'm sure Guthrum was Guthrum before he surrendered and agreed to be ducked in the river. Keith