Mystery Monday: Weyrata

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 comes from 14th C Germany (Münster, to be precise).

Weyrata

It’s a feminine name found in a Latin document, so we’re hypothesizing the nominative form from the genitive. The Latin nominative isn’t really uncertain — but the underlying name is. The deuterotheme is probably Old Saxon rād, Old High German rāt ‘counsel, advice’, more commonly used in men’s names but occasionally used in women’s names. But the prototheme is eluding us: It’s not clear at all what would give rise to Wey- in German.

Do you have any thoughts? Any other names with the same prototheme? Please share in the comments!

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3 responses to “Mystery Monday: Weyrata

  1. Jörg Knappen

    The prototheme is one of WIG “war, battle” or WIH “sacred, holy, devoted”. The two protothemes are almost impossible to separate since the first one tends to loose the final G. The development of a diphthong (here spelled ey) from a long i sound is natural in German.

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