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Dictionary of Medieval Names
from European Sources

Alfred m. Old English ælf, Old Saxon, Old Norse alf, Old High German alb 'elf' + Old English ræd, Old Saxon rād, Old High German rāt 'counsel, advice'.

The name of a 9th C king of Wessex.

Aver(a)y is a French form.

966 Ælfred (nom) CDAS DXXIX; 994 Ælfred (nom) ibid. DCLXXXVI; 1189 Alveredus (nom) GASurv p. 88, Alvred (nom) ibid. p. 142, Alvredi (gen) ibid. p. 123, Alvredus (nom) ibid. p. 102, Elfredi (gen) ibid. p. 130, Elfridus (nom) ibid. p. 132, Elvredus (nom) ibid. p. 219; c1198 Alvredus (nom) ibid. p. 245; 1222 Aluredi (gen) StPaulDom p. 17, Aluredus (nom) ibid. p. 20; 1340xc1450 Aueray (gen) CovGuild-1 p. 1; 1572 Avery (gen) RegSoABap p. 18
Early Modern English
1481 Avre HHB1481-90 p. 4; 1529 Averay PP-HenV p. 9; 1573 Averay Bar-in-El p. 22; 1574 Averay ibid. p. 23; 1583/4 Averie SurMus p. 83, Avery ibid. p. 114, Averye ibid. p. 47; 1584 Averie ibid. p. 191
c823 Alfredus (nom) irminon-vol2 94, Ved; 1032x1064 Aufredus (nom) LDS LV; c1175–1180 Aelevrai (gen) ChartCaen2 p. 70, Alveredi (gen) ibid. p. 65, Alveredus (nom) ibid. p. 64; 1180 Alveredi (gen) RotScaNor p. 28, Alveredo (abl) ibid. p. 22; 1301 Aluredi (gen) MemPic-vol17 p. 257
Old French
1313 Auvre Paris1313 p. 101
822x875 Alfred (abl) TradCorb §151, Alured (abl) ibid. §88
fin12thC Alfredus (nom) MunDocIr III, p. 20, Alured (nom) ibid. III, p. 4, Aluredus (nom) ibid. III, p. 10
1470 Alefride (gen) RCCaetani6 1192
Cite as: S.L. Uckelman. "Alfred". In S.L. Uckelman, ed. The Dictionary of Medieval Names from European Sources, Edition 2020, no. 1.