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 a German name recorded in Cologne in Latin in the early 13th century. From the ending -lin, it is most likely a diminutive of some sort, but it is not clear what the root name is — unless that r is a scribal or editorial error for l, in which case it would be a pet form of any of various names beginning with Old High German folk ‘people, nation, tribe, race’. But before we declare it that, we’d like to explore all the other possibilities, to ensure that this is not a correct name in its own right.
Do you have any other examples of the name? Any thoughts as to where it might come from? Please share in the comments!