Mystery Monday: Zamhilde

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 Germanic feminine name from Austria, with a clearly identifiable deuterotheme: It’s Old High German hiltja ‘battle’. But the prototheme is peculiar, and we don’t recognise it — we would love to see other examples of it, if you have any to share!

Zamhilde

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One response to “Mystery Monday: Zamhilde

  1. Jörg Knappen

    Foerstemann (1900) has this name and compares Old High German zami “tame” for the first name element. The name element is rare, and not all of the candidate names are clearly Germanic. Its low German cognate TAM is also rare, but it is possibly found in the name Tamard.

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