Mystery Monday: Alpoh

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 an early masculine name from Italy, one which is neither clearly of Romance origin nor clearly of Germanic origin — unless it is related to Old High German alb ‘elf’, which is currently our best guess at etymology. Do you have any other examples? Any corroborating evidence? Any alternative hypotheses? Please share in the comments!



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3 responses to “Mystery Monday: Alpoh

  1. Jörg Knappen

    I’d support the alb- etymology. In Förstemann, Altdeutsches Namenbuch (1900) both the monothematic form Alpho and the dithematic name Alphoh (analysed as Alp + hoh “high”) are attested.

    • Jörg Knappen

      Additional comment: The second (dithematic) etymology is essentially identical to the one of the Anglo-Saxon name Alfheah already in the database.

  2. Brian M. Scott

    I also support the identification of the prototheme. The name is surely the same as Alphoh, found on p. 97 (Nr. 129), and again on p. 310 (Nr. 601) of Meichelbeck, Historiæ Frisingensis. The first document appears to be from the tenure of Atto, fifth bishop of Freising, who held the office from 783/784 to 810/811, and the second from the tenure of Erchanbert, from 835/836 to 854, so they are contemporary with your instance. The same source has numerous more familiar dithematic names in -hoh, e.g., Chunihoh (Nrs. 9, 52), Adalhoh (Nrs. 41, 89, 113, 162), Reginhoh (Nr. 57) and Rekinhoh (Nr. 91), Cundhoh (Nr. 133), and Oadalhoh (Nr. 133), where the deuterotheme must be from PGmc *hauhaz ‘high’ (OE hēah; OS, OHG hōh; ON hár; Goth. hauhs).

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