Atilic is a difficult name. The form is unique to DB, and it would be easy to follow von Feilitzen (1937: 169) in writing it off as ‘obscure’. It may, however, be the same name as Athelice (dative), wife of Adam of Cockfield in a Bury St Edmunds charter issued late in the abbacy of Anselm (1121–48) (Douglas 1932: no. 129). Her name was probably formed from the popular first element Æthel– (OE æðel ‘noble, famous’) and the diminutive suffix –ic; it thus bears comparison with a small group of names which also combine a common first element with –ic, the most obvious examples being Leofic and Edic (Redin 1919: 149–52). The medial –i– in the Domesday name is a stumbling block for that interpretation, since nowhere else in DB is the element Æthel– written as Atil– (von Feilitzen 1937: 182). A similar name, Ællic, is on record in both 1066 and 1086 (Ællic). For all those parallels, the name Atilic remains unresolved.
von Feilitzen 1937: Olof von Feilitzen, The Pre-Conquest Personal Names of Domesday Book, Nomina Germanica 3 (Uppsala: Almqvist and Wiksells, 1937)
Douglas 1932: Feudal Documents from the Abbey of Bury St. Edmunds, ed. D. C. Douglas, British Academy Records of the Social and Economic History of England and Wales, 8 (London: Oxford University Press for the British Academy, 1932)
Spellings in Domesday Book: Atilic
Forms in modern scholarship:
von Feilitzen head forms: Atilic
Phillimore edition: Atilic
Alecto edition: Atilic