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Æscwulf


Author: CPL
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Discussion of the name

The name Æscwulf appears from the early eighth century onwards but was never very common and is not at present on record between the 970s and 1066 (PASE: Æscwulf 1–3, 5–9). It was formed from the OE words æsc ‘spear, lance’ or ‘ship’ and wulf ‘wolf’, the latter extremely common as a name-element, the former rather rarer, especially among landowners TRE (von Feilitzen 1937: 182).

Bibliography

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: Essul

Forms in modern scholarship:

  von Feilitzen head forms: Æscwulf

  Phillimore edition: Aescwulf

  Alecto edition: Æscwulf

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