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Her life was perhaps based on that of a 9th-century Viking pirate.Derived from the Old English name Ælfræd, composed of the elements ælf "elf" and ræd "counsel".Many later Old Testament translations, including the English, use the Hannah spelling instead of Anna.The name appears briefly in the New Testament belonging to a prophetess who recognized Jesus as the Messiah.It was borne by several early Christian saints, and also by the wife of Nicholas II, the last czar of Russia. In Norse legend this was the name of king, the suitor of a reluctant maiden named Alfhild.She avoided marrying him by disguising herself as a warrior, but when they fought she was so impressed by his strength that she changed her mind.He is regarded by Jews as being the founder of the Hebrews through his son Isaac and by Muslims as being the founder of the Arabs through his son Ishmael.English, French, German, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Polish, Czech, Slovak, Russian, Ukrainian, Croatian, Serbian, Macedonian, Romanian, Hebrew, Arabic, Georgian, Biblical, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek, Biblical Hebrew From the Germanic name Adalwolf, which meant "noble wolf" from the Germanic elements adal "noble" and wulf.
Latinized form of the Greek name Αλεξανδρος (Alexandros), which meant "defending men" from Greek αλεξω (alexo) "to defend, help" and ανηρ (aner) "man" (genitive ανδρος).Due to her renown, the name became common in Christian Europe, being especially popular in England in the Middle Ages.From the Germanic name Adalbert, which was composed of the elements adal "noble" and beraht "bright".The name was borne by a 17th-century English queen and also by the second wife of Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn (the mother of Queen Elizabeth I), who was eventually beheaded in the Tower of London. Alternatively it could be related to an obscure Roman family name Artorius.This is also the name of the heroine in 'Anne of Green Gables' (1908) by Canadian author L. Arthur is the name of the central character in Arthurian legend, a 6th-century king of the Britons who resisted Saxon invaders. He first appears in Welsh poems and chronicles (some possibly as early as the 7th century) but his character was not developed until the chronicles of the 12th-century Geoffrey of Monmouth.