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The 20 Children of Charlemagne

charlemagneThe name Charlemagne — French for Carolus Magnus, or “Carl the strong” — debuted on the girls’ list last year, strangely.

Let’s celebrate this weirdness by checking out what the King of the Franks named his own kids.

Historians believe Charlemagne had about 20 children with various wives and concubines. His first child was born around 768 and his last came along in 807.

Here are the names of Charlemagne’s 11 daughters:

  • Adalhaid – based on the Germanic words adal meaning “noble” and heid meaning “sort, kind.”
  • Adaltrude – based on the Germanic words adal meaning “noble” and þruþ meaning “strength.”
  • Alpaida – ?
  • Amaudru – ?
  • Bertha – based on the Germanic word berht meaning “bright” or “famous.”
  • Gisela – based on the Germanic word gisil meaning “pledge.”
  • Hildegarde – based on the Germanic words hild meaning “battle” and gard meaning “enclosure.”
  • Hiltrude – based on the Germanic words hild meaning “battle” and þruþ meaning “strength.”
  • Rotrude, also written Hruodrud – based on the Germanic words hrod meaning “fame” and þruþ meaning “strength.”
  • Ruodhaid – based on the Germanic words hrod meaning “fame” and heid meaning “sort, kind.”
  • Theodrada – based on the Germanic words þeud meaning “people, race” and rat meaning “advice, counsel.”

And here are the names of Charlemagne’s 9 sons:

  • Carloman, later renamed Pepin/Pippin – the first based on the Germanic words karl meaning “free man” and man meaning “man,” the second of unknown origin, possibly based on the Germanic root bib-, meaning “to tremble.”
  • Charles – based on the Germanic word karl meaning “free man.”
  • Drogo – of unknown origin, possibly based on the Germanic word (gi)drog meaning “ghost,” the Germanic word tragen meaning “to carry,” or the Slavic word dorogo meaning “dear.”
  • Hugh – based on the Germanic word hug meaning “heart, mind, spirit.”
  • Lothair (twin) – based on the Germanic words hrod meaning “fame” and hari meaning “army.”
  • Louis (twin) – based on the Germanic words hrod meaning “fame” and wig meaning “war.”
  • Pippin – see Carloman.
  • Richbod – based on the Germanic words ric meaning “power, ruler” and bod meaning “ruler” or “messenger.”
  • Theodoric – based on the Germanic words þeud meaning “people, race” and ric meaning “power, ruler.”

Which of the above name(s) do you like best?

(And, does anyone know the etymology of either Alpaida or Amaudru? I’m stumped on those.)

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Middle-Earth Baby Names – Arwen to Samwise

J. R. R. Tolkien’s 3-part The Lord of the Rings (LOTR) was first published in the mid-1950s.

The trilogy started becoming popular in the U.S. in the 1960s, and this is when we first see LOTR character names popping up on the SSA’s baby name list.

It became very popular when director Peter Jackson turned it into three successful movies (released in 2001, 2002 and 2003).

How did the movies influence the names? Let’s check it out…

Arwen

Arwen debuted on the SSA’s list in 1968.

  • 2000: 9 baby girls named Arwen
  • 2001: 12 baby girls named Arwen
  • 2002: 41 baby girls named Arwen
  • 2003: 117 baby girls named Arwen
  • 2004: 166 baby girls named Arwen
  • 2005: 149 baby girls named Arwen
  • 2006: 96 baby girls named Arwen
  • 2007: 98 baby girls named Arwen
  • 2008: 86 baby girls named Arwen
  • 2009: 81 baby girls named Arwen
  • 2010: 79 baby girls named Arwen
  • 2011: 73 baby girls named Arwen

The name Arwen means “noble maiden” in the fictional language Quenya (which Tolkien based largely on Finnish and Latin).

Aragorn

Aragorn debuted on the SSA’s list in 1970.

  • 2000: not listed
  • 2001: not listed
  • 2002: 5 baby boys named Aragorn
  • 2003: 5 baby boys named Aragorn
  • 2004: 14 baby boys named Aragorn
  • 2005: 9 baby boys named Aragorn
  • 2006-2011: not listed

The name Aragorn means “revered king” in the fictional language Sindarin (based largely on Welsh).

Eowyn

Eowyn debuted on the SSA’s list in 1973.

  • 2000: 5 baby girls named Eowyn
  • 2001: 12 baby girls named Eowyn
  • 2002: 7 baby girls named Eowyn
  • 2003: 22 baby girls named Eowyn
  • 2004: 64 baby girls named Eowyn
  • 2005: 69 baby girls named Eowyn
  • 2006: 64 baby girls named Eowyn
  • 2007: 55 baby girls named Eowyn
  • 2008: 50 baby girls named Eowyn
  • 2009: 55 baby girls named Eowyn
  • 2010: 51 baby girls named Eowyn
  • 2011: 50 baby girls named Eowyn

The name Eowyn means “horse joy” in the fictional language Rohirric (based on Old English).

Frodo

It’s never been on the SSA’s list, but I know of one in England.

The name Frodo is an English translation of Frodo’s real name, Maura, which means “wise” or “experienced” in the fictional language Westron.

Galadriel

Galadriel debuted on the SSA’s list in 1969.

  • 2000: 10 baby girls named Galadriel
  • 2001: 7 baby girls named Galadriel
  • 2002: 7 baby girls named Galadriel
  • 2003: 15 baby girls named Galadriel
  • 2004: 11 baby girls named Galadriel
  • 2005: not listed
  • 2006: 5 baby girls named Galadriel
  • 2007-2011: not listed

The name Galadriel means “maiden crowned with a radiant garland” in Sindarin.

Gandalf

Gandalf was on the SSA’s list in 1970 only (5 babies named Gandalf that year).

The name Gandalf means “wand-elf” in Westron and other Mannish languages.

Legolas

Legolas was on the SSA’s list in 2003 only (7 babies named Legolas that year).

The name Legolas is based on the name Laegolas, which means “greenleaf” in Sindarin.

Pippin

Pippin was on the SSA’s list in 2009 only (5 babies named Pippin that year). has been on the SSA’s list twice, in 2009 and in 2012 (12 babies named Pippin total).

Pippin is a nickname for Peregrin. The name Peregrin, which means “traveller” or “pilgrim,” is an English translation of Pippin’s Westron name, Razanur.

Samwise

Samwise debuted on the SSA’s list in 2002.

  • 2000: not listed
  • 2001: not listed
  • 2002: 6 baby boys named Samwise
  • 2003: 6 baby boys named Samwise
  • 2004: 5 baby boys named Samwise
  • 2005: not listed
  • 2006: not listed
  • 2007: not listed
  • 2008: not listed
  • 2009: 5 baby boys named Samwise
  • 2010-2011: not listed

The name Samwise is an English translation of Sam’s real name, BanazĂ®r, which means “halfwise” or “simple” in Westron.

Update, 5/19/15: Commenter elbowin just clued me in to the fact that Thorin is now on the rise, thanks to a character featured in the more recent Hobbit movie trilogy (2012 to 2014).

Thorin

Thorin debuted on the SSA’s list in 1968.

  • 2009: 18 baby boys named Thorin
  • 2010: 11 baby boys named Thorin
  • 2011: 27 baby boys named Thorin
  • 2012: 31 baby boys named Thorin
  • 2013: 73 baby boys named Thorin
  • 2014: 112 baby boys named Thorin

The name Thorin is based on the Old Norse Þorinn, which means “bold one.”

P.S. Tori Amos’s daughter’s also has a Tolkien-inspired name.