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ACADEMY OF SAINT GABRIEL REPORT 1863"
"...the Old Norse name <Vo,lundr> appears to be strictly mythological in use, but closely related names were used by ordinary people in various places from at least the 8th to the 15th century. If the name and its associations are most important to you, we recommend choosing one of these forms and setting your persona in the appropriate culture. However, there are also Old Norse names actually used in the Viking period that are somewhat similar to <Vo,lundr>..."
"...similar Old Norse name that is actually known to have been used by real people. One good choice would be <Ve/mundr>, a name that was quite popular in Viking times ( s.n. Ve/mundr). (The slash stands for an acute accent over the previous letter.).."
"...the legendary smith...is a common Germanic figure, and stories were told about him not only by the Scandinavians, but also by the Anglo-Saxons and the Continental Germanic tribes ( s.v. Wayland). "
"Various Continental Germanic forms of his name are attested in actual use... From Gaul, for instance, we have the forms <Welandus> 772, 862, <Welant> 799, <Welannus> 894, <Uuealandus> 764-92, <Weolant> n.d., <Uielandus> 725, <Uuielant> 927, <Wielandus> 922, and <Wilandus> 895 (, I:220a). (The final <-us> in some of these is a Latin ending added by the scribe, so that <Welandus>, for example, actually represents <Weland>.)..."
"... It reached England a bit before the Norman Conquest, since Domesday Book records a <Welland> or <Welandus> who held land there in 1066 ( s.n. Weland). It remained in use there for quite a while ( s.n. Wayland): a <Weilandus> is recorded in 1185, and as late as 1318 we find a <Weyland le Fevre>, whose byname means 'the Smith'!"
"In Germany the name remained popular into the 15th century in the form <Wieland>, and in 1341 in Freiburg we even find a <meister Wieland der Schmied> 'master Wieland the Smith' ( s.n. Wieland). (The stories of Wayland were quite well known, and it seems likely that the contemporaries of these last two men enjoyed the joke.) "
"Finally, we can place the name in Denmark, but not until the 15th century, when we find record of a <Clemitt Vellanndss:> 1475. Here the final <s:> stands for some form of the Danish word for 'son', and the man in question was 'Clemitt Vellannd's son' "
Academy of St. Gabriel "Medieval Names Archive" - [] Database of medieval names (from the Medieval Names Archive) - http://www.ellipsis.cx/~liana/names/database/ Laurel Name Articles - http:heraldry.sca.org/laurel/
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