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Alfred

Alfred is an English male name meaning “elf counsel”, made up from Old English elements aelf (elf) via Proto-Germanic *albiz (elf, fairy), of uncertain origin though it’s been linked to Proto-Indo-European *h₂elbʰós (white); and raed (counsel) which also comes from Proto-Germanic *rēdaz (advice, counsel) also derived from Proto-Indo-European *h₂reh₁- (to think, count, reason; arrange). Alfred is also an English surname derived from the given name.

Nicknames: Alf, Alfie/Alphie, Fred, Freddy/Freddie

Origin: Proto-Indo-European

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Variants:

  • Ælfræd (Old English)
  • Alfréd (Hungarian, Slovak)
  • Alfredo (Italian, Spanish, Portuguese)
  • Alfredas (Lithuanian)
  • Avery (English)

 

Female forms:

  • Alfreda (English)

 

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