Mystery Monday: Wikerun

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 is one for the Anglo-Saxonists — what is the Old English root of this Latinized Middle English name? And do we have the right standardized form (which, at this point, is pretty much just a guess based on gut feeling and intuition, and not anything substantive).
Let us know what you think!

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One response to “Mystery Monday: Wikerun

  1. -rún looks to be a deuterotheme meaning either “rune”, or “counsellor” (cognate with Icelandic “rúna”: confidant, keeper of one’s secrets). cf Guthrun (, cognate with ONo Guðrún; or Leofrun (

    The prototheme… There are a lot of monothematic names of the like of “Wecca”, “Wegga”, “Wehha”, “Wicgga”…? Although they may also be hypocoristic.

    I’d like to say the name is “Witch-rune”, but that’s probably reading too much into it.

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