Mystery Monday: Kadold

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.

Today’s name has citations from Austria and the Czech Republic, and is a rare example of a name spelled with K- in Latin. The deuterotheme may be related to Old High German hold ‘friendly, comely, graceful’, but the prototheme is opaque. Do you have any thoughts?


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2 responses to “Mystery Monday: Kadold

  1. Jörg Knappen

    The first name element is certainly related to Germanic *hadu “battle” and Celtic cat- (same meaning). I disagree on the second name element, it is derived from Germanic wald- “to rule”. -hold is a secondary name element and a later re-interpretation of the opaque -old in many names.

  2. Brian M. Scott

    I agree with Jörg Knappen. The identity of the prototheme is even more apparent in the form Chadolt, found in Fontes rerum austriacarum, Österreichisches Geschichtsquellen, 2. Abteilung, Band 8, Codex Traditionum Monasterii Gottwicensis cum Diplomatario Miscelo, Nrs. 361 and 362, with much discussion of the individuals involved in the note to the latter, starting on p. 241, wherein the name also appears as Chadold. They appear to have been alive in 1137. They must have been of the family that according to German Wikipedia gave the Austrian community of Seefeld-Kadolz the second half of its name.

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