Intimidating sounding last names
It became unused after the Normans introduced their form of Adalbert after their invasion.
Derived from the Old English elements æðel "noble" and ræd "counsel".
This was the name of two Saxon kings of England including Æðelræd II "the Unready" whose realm was overrun by the Danes in the early 11th century.
This was the name of the first pharaoh of the 18th dynasty. He changed his name from Amenhotep IV in order to honour the god. From the Gothic name Alareiks, which meant "ruler of all", derived from the Germanic element ala "all" combined with ric "ruler, power".
Originally a short form of names beginning with the Germanic element adal meaning "noble".
Saint Adela was a 7th-century Frankish princess who founded a monastery at Pfazel in France.
The bravest of the Greek heroes in the war against the Trojans, he was eventually killed by an arrow to his heel, the only vulnerable part of his body.
Originally a short form of Germanic names such as ADELAIDE or ADELINA that begin with the element adal meaning "noble".
The Normans introduced it to England, where it replaced the Old English cognate Æðelberht.