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[Image: Durham Liber Vitae, folio 38r (extract)]

Adelelm 3 Adelelm ‘of Worth’ (Kent), fl. 1066

Author: DWP
Editorial Status: 4 of 5

Discussion of the name  


Adelelm 3 held an estate in east Kent TRE that was assessed at ½ yoke and ½ virgate (so roughly equivalent to 45 acres) and was valued at 20s.

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

List of property and lordships associated with this name in DB

Holder 1066

Shire Phil. ref. Vill Holder 1066 DB Spelling Holder 1066 Lord 1066 Tenant-in-Chief 1086 1086 subtenant Fiscal value 1066 value 1086 value Holder 1066 ID conf. Show on map
Kent 9,11 Worth Adelelmus Adelelm 'of Worth' Edward, king Hugh de Montfort Bertram 'of Worth' 0.31 1.00 0.00 A Map
Total               0.31 1.00 0.00  


Adelelm 3’s name is spelt Adelelmus in DB, which indicates a derivation from the Continental Germanic name Adelelm (von Feilitzen 1937: 78-9, 184).  No other TRE landholder had this name, nor is there any discernable connection between Adelelm 3 and the post-Conquest men of that name.

It is unusual but not exceptional for a man with a continental name and probably continental origins to be holding land in pre-Conquest England.

No name is given for Adelelm 3’s estate in DB and so its precise location is uncertain, although it clearly lay in Worth Hundred in east Kent.  The fact that the TRE assessment combined yokes and virgates could indicate that the latter represented reclaimed marshland (on which point it is worth noting that some other places in Worth Hundred abutted the northern edge of Romney Marsh).


von Feilitzen 1937: O. von Feilitzen, The Pre-Conquest Personal Names of Domesday Book, Nomina Germanica 3 (Uppsala, 1937)

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