Mystery Monday: Daghared

Every Monday we will post an entry that hasn’t yet been published with a view towards harnessing the collective onomastic power of the internet. If you have any thoughts about the name’s origin, other variants it might be related to, other examples of its use, etc., please share them in the comments! If you wish to browse other Mystery Monday names, there is an index.
The prototheme here is clearly Old Saxon, Old Dutch dag, Old High German tag ‘day’, but the deuterotheme is uncertain. It is possibly Old Saxon hard, Old High German hart ‘strong, hard’, but the spelling is unusual, and we would appreciate other examples of this spelling!


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3 responses to “Mystery Monday: Daghared

  1. Ioanna

    All these -hard(t) German names can be spelled in the same way:
    Gerhard – Gerhared
    Erhard – Erhared
    Bernhard – Bernhared
    Eberhard – Eberhared

    And so on. Nowadays it’s a very rare, old-fashioned spelling in first names, but you do come across it in surnames.

  2. Brian M. Scott

    This is almost certainly the same as Dagaredus; Piel & Kremer, Hispano-gotisches Namenbuch, have instances from 850×866 to 1078 plus a few variant spellings. The deuterotheme goes with Gothic rēþs, ON ráð, OE ræd, OS rād, OHG rāt ‘counsel, advice’. Förstemann, col. 328, has Tagarat a. 802 as well as the Corb. Trad. name and several other variants. There are several citations in Ana Isabel Boullón Agrelo, Antroponimia medieval galega (ss. VIII–XII) that were visible via Google Books. Morlet I:64a has Dagarat, Decaradus, Tagarat, Dagradus, Dagredus, Daredus, and the feminine <Dagarada.

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