There were a whole line of kings named Aethel-something. Aethelwulf, Aethelred. Aethel means ‘noble’ in Old English, and I think it’s the root of the woman’s name Ethel. I know that doesn’t answer your question.
But that totally does answer my question! Because the root of my question was, why one of two common words remains common and the other dies out. But if it is the root of Ethel then that’s what happened. It morphed into Ethel.
I actually can’t believe I missed that! Especially when I did figure out that Oengus is modern Angus and Mael Coluim is Malcolm.
none of your mythological faves were even remotely straight like welcome 2 the real world jackass hercules had a fuckton of anal sex
People believe what they choose to.it’s literally not a matter of belief there is literally a vase with a painting of zeus fucking his cupbearer ganymede while ganymede is holding a dildo like u can’t just not believe in thousand year old pottery
Wow. Hello flexible Ganymede!
So I’m reading this book about vanished kingdoms and it’s got me wondering about names.
There’s this 10th century British king named Athelstan. And his brother was Edmund. And why is Edmund still a common name but Athelstan is not? It’s a mystery.
Yeah, I need to go to bed.