Mystery Monday: Lancenna

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 feminine name found in France in the first half of the 12th century. We have a number of examples (all in reference to the same woman as far as we can tell) between around 1147 and 1179, all spelled Lancenna or Lanscenna. It is probably of Germanic origin, with the most likely candidate for the prototheme being Old High German lant, Old Saxon land ‘land’, which becomes lanzo, lanc- in hypocoristics.

But the deuterotheme? We have no idea.

Do you have any thoughts? Have you seen this name before? Please share in the comments!



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3 responses to “Mystery Monday: Lancenna

  1. Jörg Knappen

    Foerstemann (1900) lists this name under the prototheme Land without further explanation of a deuterotheme. So it is probably analysed as Land + z (diminutive suffix) + ina/enna (feminine suffix)

  2. Diego Segui

    Oscar de Poli in Revue des questions héraldiques, archéologiques et historiques V (1902-1903) p. 19 collects a number of examples of the name in France between 1089 and 1164:

    (Note “Lancenia” among the variants.) Nothing about the etymology though.

  3. Brian M. Scott

    My first thought was the same as Jörg’s but there is another possibility: the name could be a variant of Lantsindis, Lantscindis, Lantsinda (Morlet I:156b). At I:18a she includes Alsinna under Adalsindis, adding that -sin(n)a are assimilated forms of -sinda.

    A snippet view of Eduard Hlawitschka, Liber memorialis von Remiremont has the following spellings: Landsinda, Lantsinda, Lanscindis, Lancinda, Lanzinda, and Lanzindis, and another has Lanzinna, Lansenda, Lansindis, Lansenna, and Lansenne. In his Studien zur Äbtissinninreihe von Remiremont: (7. – 13. Jh.) he suggests that ‘man darf Lanscinda vielleicht noch mit jener Lansenna identifizieren, die auch bereits unter Gisla zu nennen war’.

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