PASE: Prosopography of Anglo-Saxon England


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


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Discussion of the name

Alaf is an Old Danish form of the Old Norse masculine name Áleifr and, like the side-form Óláfr and the archaic form Anláfr, comprised the elements *anu ‘ancestor’ and leifr ‘inheritance, son’ (von Feilitzen 1937: 143; Fellows Jensen 1968: ciii-civ, 6; see also discussion under head-forms Onlaf, Olaf).  A normalized form of ODan Ālāf is used here for consistency with the other head-forms.

The only entry in the PASE corpus is for Aleifr 1, a catch-all for occurrences in DB.


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

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: Allef

Forms in modern scholarship:

  von Feilitzen head forms: Áleifr

  Phillimore edition: Aleif

  Alecto edition: Aleifr

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

List of property and lordships associated with this name in DB

Lord 1066

Shire Phil. ref. Vill Lord 1066 DB Spelling Holder 1066 Lord 1066 Tenant-in-Chief 1086 1086 subtenant Fiscal value 1066 value 1086 value Lord 1066 ID conf. Show on map
Lincolnshire 13,33 Maidenwell - Alaf ‘of Maidenwell’ Hugh, earl Osbern fitzTezzo 0.02 0.00 0.00 - Map
Total               0.02 0.00 0.00  

People of this name

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