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.
In the eleven century period that the DMNES covers, there were — naturally — a lot of changes in onomastic fashions. But considering that that period is only about twice as long as the era from our cut-off date to the present time, it is surprising just how familiar how many of the names are — names are both remarkably fluid and changeable and remarkably stable. This is especially the case when we look at the 15th C (or thereabouts) onwards. The number of Mystery Monday names that we have that come from the final two centuries of the period we cover is quite low — simply because the vast majority of the names in use then are still in use, in some form or another, today, or are closely related to names which are still in use.
So when we find a name whose first occurrence in data set is quite late and yet we still don’t recognise, this is always unusual! Today’s name is one of those names — recorded in Middle Low German in Estonia in the early 15th C, it’s not obvious (to us, at least!) what it’s origin is.
Do you recognize the name? Have any thoughts on its origin? Please share in the comments!