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Leofgifu


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Discussion of the name

Leofgifu is an Old English feminine name comprising the elements lēof ‘dear’ and gifu ‘gift’.

There are five entries in the PASE corpus, of whom of whom Leofgifu 1-3 occur in pre-Domesday contexts (cf. seven such occurrences in Searle 1897: 327-8); Leofgifu 4 is a catch-all for occurrences in DB; and Leofgifu 5 is the TRE abbess of Shaftesbury, profiled below. Despite this apparently low frequency, however, women are generally under-reported in pre-Conquest sources and the elements lēof and gifu are common in the formation of other OE personal names. The PASE corpus and the distribution of estates recorded or inferred as held TRE by women called Leofgifu in DB suggest that this name was fairly common but was used mainly in the southern and eastern counties.

Bibliography

Searle 1897: W. G. Searle, Onomasticon Anglo-Saxonicum: A List of Anglo-Saxon Proper Names from the Time of Beda to that of King John (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1897)

von Feilitzen 1937: Olof von Feilitzen, The Pre-Conquest Personal Names of Domesday Book, Nomina Germanica 3 (Uppsala: Almqvist and Wiksells, 1937)

Forms of the name

Spellings in Domesday Book: Leuefa, Leueua, Leueue

Forms in modern scholarship:

  von Feilitzen head forms: Leofgifu

  Phillimore edition: Leofeva

  Alecto edition: Leofgifu

Distribution map of property and lordships associated with this name in DB

List of property and lordships associated with this name in DB

Holder 1066

Shire Phil. ref. Vill Holder 1066 DB Spelling Holder 1066 Lord 1066 Tenant-in-Chief 1086 1086 subtenant Fiscal value 1066 value 1086 value Holder 1066 ID conf. Show on map
Essex 18,24 Aldham Leueua Leofgifu 'of Aldham' - Odo, bishop of Bayeux unnamed wife of Aubrey de Vere 0.96 1.50 3.00 E Map
Cambridgeshire 14,25 Croydon Leueue Leofgifu 'of Arrington' Eadgifu the fair Alan, count Fulcwig 'of Arrington' 0.25 0.25 0.25 A Map
Cambridgeshire 14,45 Arrington Leueue Leofgifu 'of Arrington' Eadgifu the fair Alan, count Fulcwig 'of Arrington' 0.50 1.00 0.50 A Map
Bedfordshire 23,17 Aspley Guise Leueua Leofgifu 'of Aspley' Waltheof, earl Hugh de Beauchamp Acard d'Ivry 10.00 10.00 8.00 D Map
Bedfordshire 53,8 Bletsoe Leueua Leofgifu 'of Aspley' Edward, king Judith, countess Osbern de Breuil 2.50 3.00 3.00 D Map
Dorset 49,1 Blandford St Mary Leueua Leofgifu 'of Blandford' - Aiulf the sheriff - 1.50 1.00 1.50 E Map
Essex 23,29 Bures Leueua Leofgifu 'of Bures' - Richard fitzGilbert - 0.33 1.50 1.50 E Map
Suffolk 32,9 Charsfield Leueua Leofgifu 'of Charsfield' Healfdene 'of Thorington' Geoffrey de Mandeville - 0.25 0.50 0.50 E Map
Berkshire 42,1 South Denchworth Leueua Leofgifu 'of Denchworth' - Robert of Stafford Laurence 'of Denchworth' 6.00 3.00 3.00 D Map
Suffolk 16,20 Coddenham Leueua Leofgifu 'of Finesford' Wulfric, abbot of Ely Odo, bishop of Bayeux - 0.08 0.20 0.20 E Map
Suffolk 16,48 Aspall Leueua Leofgifu 'of Finesford' Wulfric, abbot of Ely Odo, bishop of Bayeux Roger Bigod 0.17 0.20 0.20 E Map
Suffolk 21,70 Finesford Leueua Leofgifu 'of Finesford' Wulfric, abbot of Ely Simeon, abbot of Ely - 0.33 0.30 0.30 E Map
Sussex 9,84 Henhurst Leueua Leofgifu 'of Henhurst' - Robert, count of Eu William 'the man of Robert, count of Eu' 0.50 1.00 1.00 C Map
Essex 28,15 Kelvedon Hatch Leueua Leofgifu 'of Kelvedon' - Hamon the steward Ralph de Marcy 1.38 1.50 1.75 E Map
Hertfordshire 34,12 Lilley Leueua Leofgifu 'of Lilley' Harold, earl Geoffrey de Bec - 4.13 5.78 4.13 B Map
Hertfordshire 1,6 Kings Waldon Leueua Leofgifu 'of Lilley' Harold, earl William, king - 1.00 10.00 8.00 B Map
Hertfordshire 1,12 Wellbury Leueua Leofgifu 'of Lilley' Harold, earl William, king 1 sokeman 1.00 3.00 1.33 B Map
Lincolnshire 68,48 Nettleton Leueua Leofgifu 'of Nettleton' - Leofgifu 'of Nettleton' - 0.63 1.00 0.25 A Map
Suffolk 15,3 Toppesfield Leueua Leofgifu 'of Toppesfield' Stigand, archbishop of Canterbury Lanfranc, archbishop of Canterbury unnamed monks of Christ Church, Canterbury, in 1086 2.00 2.00 3.00 E Map
Kent 5,97 Wateringbury Leueua Leofgifu 'of Wateringbury' Edward, king Odo, bishop of Bayeux Ralph fitzTurold 4.00 2.00 6.00 D Map
Essex 33,4 Woodham Walter Leueua Leofgifu 'of Woodham' - Ralph Baynard Theodric Pointel 7.00 8.00 7.00 D Map
Berkshire 15,2 Reading Leueua Leofgifu, abbess of Reading Edward, king Gausbert, abbot of Battle - 8.00 9.00 11.00 C Map
Sussex 8a,1 Felpham Leofgifu, abbess of Shaftesbury - Eulalia, abbess of Shaftesbury - 21.00 10.00 20.00 A Map
Wiltshire 12,2 Tisbury Leofgifu, abbess of Shaftesbury - Eulalia, abbess of Shaftesbury - 16.00 30.00 30.00 A Map
Wiltshire 12,2 Tisbury Leofgifu, abbess of Shaftesbury - Eulalia, abbess of Shaftesbury Thurstan the chamberlain 3.00 4.88 4.88 A Map
Wiltshire 12,2 Tisbury Leofgifu, abbess of Shaftesbury - Eulalia, abbess of Shaftesbury Gunfrid Mauduit 3.00 4.88 4.88 A Map
Wiltshire 12,2 Tisbury Leofgifu, abbess of Shaftesbury - Eulalia, abbess of Shaftesbury Aubrey 'of Tisbury' 2.00 3.25 3.25 A Map
Wiltshire 12,2 Tisbury Leofgifu, abbess of Shaftesbury - Eulalia, abbess of Shaftesbury Edward of Salisbury 0.00 0.00 0.00 A Map
Wiltshire 12,3 Donhead Leofgifu, abbess of Shaftesbury - Eulalia, abbess of Shaftesbury - 33.00 22.00 22.00 A Map
Wiltshire 12,4 Bradford on Avon Leofgifu, abbess of Shaftesbury - Eulalia, abbess of Shaftesbury - 42.00 60.00 60.00 A Map
Wiltshire 12,4 Alvestone Leofgifu, abbess of Shaftesbury - Eulalia, abbess of Shaftesbury - 7.00 0.00 0.00 A Map
Wiltshire 12,5 Liddington Leofgifu, abbess of Shaftesbury - Eulalia, abbess of Shaftesbury - 38.00 18.00 22.00 A Map
Wiltshire 12,6 Dinton Leofgifu, abbess of Shaftesbury - Eulalia, abbess of Shaftesbury - 18.00 18.00 18.00 - Map
Dorset 19,1 Sixpenny Handley Leofgifu, abbess of Shaftesbury - Eulalia, abbess of Shaftesbury - 16.00 9.60 9.60 A Map
Dorset 19,1 Sixpenny Handley Leofgifu, abbess of Shaftesbury - Eulalia, abbess of Shaftesbury 2 free Englishmen 4.00 2.40 2.40 A Map
Dorset 19,2 Hinton St Mary Leofgifu, abbess of Shaftesbury - Eulalia, abbess of Shaftesbury - 8.00 8.00 10.00 A Map
Dorset 19,4 Fontmell Magna Leofgifu, abbess of Shaftesbury - Eulalia, abbess of Shaftesbury - 15.00 10.00 15.00 A Map
Dorset 19,5 Compton Abbas Leofgifu, abbess of Shaftesbury - Eulalia, abbess of Shaftesbury - 10.00 10.00 10.00 A Map
Dorset 19,6 Melbury Abbas Leofgifu, abbess of Shaftesbury - Eulalia, abbess of Shaftesbury - 10.00 9.00 13.00 A Map
Dorset 19,7 Iwerne Minster Leofgifu, abbess of Shaftesbury - Eulalia, abbess of Shaftesbury - 18.00 10.00 14.00 A Map
Dorset 19,8 Tarrant Hinton Leofgifu, abbess of Shaftesbury - Eulalia, abbess of Shaftesbury - 10.00 6.00 10.00 A Map
Dorset 19,9 Fifehead St Quintin Leofgifu, abbess of Shaftesbury - Eulalia, abbess of Shaftesbury Ketil 'of Kington' 5.00 3.00 3.00 A Map
Dorset 19,10 Kingston Leofgifu, abbess of Shaftesbury - Eulalia, abbess of Shaftesbury - 14.75 16.00 23.00 A Map
Dorset 19,10 Wareham Leofgifu, abbess of Shaftesbury - William, king - 1.00 0.00 0.00 A Map
Dorset 19,10 Kingston Leofgifu, abbess of Shaftesbury - Eulalia, abbess of Shaftesbury William de Briouze 0.25 0.00 0.00 A Map
Dorset 19,11 Farnham Leofgifu, abbess of Shaftesbury - Eulalia, abbess of Shaftesbury Aiulf 0.50 0.00 0.00 A Map
Dorset 19,11 Farnham Leofgifu, abbess of Shaftesbury - Eulalia, abbess of Shaftesbury unnamed wife of Hugh fitzGrip 0.50 0.00 0.00 A Map
Dorset 19,12 Stoke Wake Leofgifu, abbess of Shaftesbury - Eulalia, abbess of Shaftesbury - 5.00 4.00 4.00 A Map
Dorset 19,13 Mapperton Leofgifu, abbess of Shaftesbury - Eulalia, abbess of Shaftesbury - 11.00 1.50 5.00 A Map
Somerset 14,1 Abbas Combe Leofgifu, abbess of Shaftesbury - Eulalia, abbess of Shaftesbury - 5.00 6.00 6.00 A Map
Dorset B4 Shaftesbury Leofgifu, abbess of Shaftesbury - William, king Eulalia, abbess of Shaftesbury 0.00 3.25 3.25 A Map
Hertfordshire 37,21 Little Berkhamsted Leuefa Leofgifu, widow, 'of Little Berkhamsted' - Hardwin de Scales - 2.00 2.00 2.00 C Map
Huntingdonshire D2 Huntingdon Leueue Leofgifu, wife of Ælfric the sheriff - - - 0.00 0.00 0.00 D Map
Total               371.51 337.49 380.67  

Lord 1066

Shire Phil. ref. Vill Lord 1066 DB Spelling Holder 1066 Lord 1066 Tenant-in-Chief 1086 1086 subtenant Fiscal value 1066 value 1086 value Lord 1066 ID conf. Show on map
Wiltshire 12,3 Donhead Leofgifu, abbess of Shaftesbury Eulalia, abbess of Shaftesbury Thurstan the chamberlain 6.00 8.57 8.57 B Map
Wiltshire 12,3 Donhead Leofgifu, abbess of Shaftesbury Eulalia, abbess of Shaftesbury 1 thegn 1.00 1.43 1.43 B Map
Wiltshire 12,6 Dinton Leofgifu, abbess of Shaftesbury Eulalia, abbess of Shaftesbury Gunfrid Mauduit 2.00 2.00 2.00 B Map
Dorset 55,21 Farnham Alwine 'of Farnham' Leofgifu, abbess of Shaftesbury unnamed wife of Hugh fitzGrip Ilbert 'of Farnham' 0.50 0.50 0.50 B Map
Wiltshire 12,1 Beechingstoke Hearding son of Eadnoth Leofgifu, abbess of Shaftesbury Eulalia, abbess of Shaftesbury Thurstan the chamberlain 5.00 3.00 5.00 B Map
Total               14.50 15.50 17.50  

Tenant-in-Chief 1086 demesne estates (no subtenants)

Shire Phil. ref. Vill TIC DB Spelling Holder 1066 Lord 1066 Tenant-in-Chief 1086 1086 subtenant Fiscal value 1066 value 1086 value TIC ID conf. Show on map
Suffolk 74,13 Claydon Leueua - - Leofgifu 'of Claydon' - 0.04 0.00 0.07 D Map
Warwickshire 43,1 Salford Priors Leveve Godgifu, wife of Earl Leofric - Leofgifu the nun - 3.00 2.00 6.00 - Map
Lincolnshire 68,48 Nettleton Leueua Leofgifu 'of Nettleton' - Leofgifu 'of Nettleton' - 0.63 1.00 0.25 - Map
Total               3.67 3.00 6.32  

Subtenant in 1086

Shire Phil. ref. Vill Subtenant DB Spelling Holder 1066 Lord 1066 Tenant-in-Chief 1086 1086 subtenant Fiscal value 1066 value 1086 value Subtenant ID conf. Show on map
Berkshire B6 Wallingford Leueua - - William, king Leofgifu 'of Wallingford' 0.00 0.00 0.01 - Map
Oxfordshire B10 Oxford Leueua - - William, king Leofgifu 'of Oxford' 0.00 0.00 0.30 - Map
Oxfordshire B10 Oxford Leueua - - William, king Leofgifu 'of Oxford' 0.00 0.04 0.00 - Map
Essex B3a Colchester Leueua - - William, king Leofgifu, burgess 'of Colchester' 0.00 0.00 0.00 - Map
Essex B3a Colchester Leueua - - William, king Leofgifu, burgess 'of Colchester' 0.03 0.00 0.00 - Map
Essex B3a Colchester Leueua - - William, king Leofgifu, burgess 'of Colchester' 0.04 0.00 0.00 - Map
Essex B3a Colchester Leffiuf - - William, king Leofgifu, burgess 'of Colchester' 0.07 0.00 0.00 - Map
Essex B3a Colchester Leueua - - William, king Leofgifu, burgess 'of Colchester' 0.00 0.00 0.00 - Map
Somerset 2,7 Taunton Leueua Stigand, archbishop of Canterbury Walkelin, bishop of Winchester Leofgifu 'of Taunton' 2.00 1.00 2.00 - Map
Warwickshire 17,47 Little Lawford Leueua Alwine the sheriff - Thorkil of Warwick Leofgifu 'of Little Lawford' 2.00 1.00 0.53 - Map
Total               4.14 2.04 2.84  

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