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[Image: Excerpt from the Domesday Book]
[Image: Durham Liber Vitae, folio 38r (extract)]

Alaf 2 Alaf ‘of Maidenwell’ (Lincs.), fl. 1066

Male
Author: DWP
Editorial Status: 4 of 5

Discussion of the name

Summary

          

Alaf 2 was one of three men holding three manors in east Lincolnshire TRE that were together assessed at just under 2 carucates and with a value of 100s.

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

List of property and lordships associated with this name in DB

           

Profile

   

Alaf 2’s little manor was at Maidenwell on the eastern slopes of the chalk Wolds in east Lincolnshire.  DB records that he was one of three men (the others being Eadric and Godric) holding three manors there that were assessed together as ‘2 carucates less 1 bovate’, which if divided equally between them would yield 5 bovates for each man.  The DB entry need not imply that the three men were related or even associated in any way and the formula ‘held as x manors’ that has been considered significant elsewhere (e.g. Lewis 1990: 20-1) is not used here. 

Fellows Jensen (1968: civ) suggests that because Alaf’s name represented a recent development of earlier forms of the Scandinavian name then ‘he may possibly have been a first generation viking in England’.  If so, then the simplest explanation would be that he had arrived as a follower of Cnut 3 or his sons in the period 1016-1042, but this remains highly speculative.

This is the only entry in DB for someone of this name and there is nothing to connect Alaf 2 with anyone with the related names Onlaf or Olaf.

Bibliography

    

Fellows Jensen 1968: G. Fellows Jensen, Scandinavian Personal Names in Lincolnshire and Yorkshire (Copenhagen, 1968)

Lewis 1990: C. P. Lewis, ‘An introduction to the Shropshire Domesday’, in The Shropshire Domesday, ed. A. Williams and R. W. H. Erskine (London, 1990)

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