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Ceolræd


Author: CPL
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Discussion of the name

Ceolræd is an OE masculine name formed from the elements cēol ‘keel, ship’ and ræd ‘counsel, wisdom’. It currently occurs in PASE eight times before DB, earliest as the king who ruled Mercia 709–16, but concentrated in the ninth century and latest as a thegn alive in 988, with another four instances in the original core of the Durham Liber Vitae (PASE: Ceolred 1–7; DLV: II, 98). The presence of one TRE landowner called Ceolræd in Warwickshire shows the continuing currency of the name in Mercia.

Bibliography

DLV: The Durham Liber Vitae. London, British Library, MS Cotton Domitian A.VII: Edition and Digital Facsimile with Introduction, Codicological, Prosopographical and Linguistic Commentary, and Indexes, ed. D. W. Rollason and L. Rollason, 3 vols. (London: British Library, 2007)

Forms of the name

Spellings in Domesday Book: Celred, Cerret

Forms in modern scholarship:

  von Feilitzen head forms: Cēolræd

  Phillimore edition: Ceolred

  Alecto edition: Ceolræd

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

List of property and lordships associated with this name in DB

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