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.
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)
Spellings in Domesday Book: Celred, Cerret
Forms in modern scholarship:
von Feilitzen head forms: Cēolræd
Phillimore edition: Ceolred
Alecto edition: Ceolræd