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Leofweard


Author: CPL
Editorial Status: unknown

Discussion of the name

Leofweard is a masculine OE name formed from the common elements lēof (‘dear’) and weard (‘guardian, protector’). The name is evidenced only from the tenth century onwards; the handful of examples currently in PASE include the abbot of Muchelney at the time of the Norman Conquest (Leofweard 3).

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: Leuuard; Leuardus, Leuuord, Liuuard

Spellings in Exon: Liuuardus

Forms in modern scholarship:

  von Feilitzen head forms: Lēofweard

  Phillimore edition: Leofward, Leofhard (Essex)

  Alecto edition: Leofweard

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List of property and lordships associated with this name in DB

People of this name

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