Mystery Monday: Zozbald

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 feels like it comes straight out of Dr. Seuss, but in fact it comes from 9th C Hamburg. The deuterotheme is easily enough identifiable — Old High German/Old Saxon bald ‘bold’. But does anyone recognize the prototheme? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!



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2 responses to “Mystery Monday: Zozbald

  1. Jörg Knappen

    Förstemann (1900) wants to read this name as Gozbald indentifying the first name element with GAUTA “Goth” (the tribe).

    However, there are Old High German names like Zozo attested that may be related to Anglo-Saxon totjan “to stand out” or Old Norse tutna “to swell up”. ZOZ can be a primary name element in this case (but it is a rare one).

    Details on Zozo can be found in Förstemann (1900) under the entry “TOT”.

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