Old Norse Móðir (f.)

The Old Norse female name Móðir is found in Motherby, Cumberland, and has been suggested as the first element in Moodersley, a minor name in Kedleston, Appletree Hundred, Derbyshire. The name Kedleston itself includes the male personal name Ketill.

Móðir means literally ‘mother’ and the use of family terms as personal names (compare the use of ‘Sonny’ in English), while not frequent, is attested in Scandinavia.

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Viking Names


Derbyshire, female_name, personal-name

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Judith Jesch, ‘Scandinavian women’s names in English place-names’, in A Commodity of Good Names. Essays in honour of Margaret Gelling, ed. O. J. Padel and David N. Parsons. Donington: Shaun Tyas (2008), pp. 154-162, at pp. 159-160.

Carole Hough, ‘Women in English place-names’, in ‘Lastworda Betst’. Essays in memory of Christine E. Fell with her unpublished writings, ed. Carole Hough and Kathryn A. Lowe. Donington: Shaun Tyas (2002), pp. 41-106, at pp. 86, 98.

Kenneth Cameron, The Place-Names of Derbyshire III. English Place-Name Society Volume XXIX (1959), p. 580.

E. H. Lind, Norsk-isländska dopnamn ock fingerade namn från medeltiden. Uppsala: A.B. Lundequistska Bokhandel (1915), col. 774.