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[Image: Excerpt from the Domesday Book]
[Image: Durham Liber Vitae, folio 38r (extract)]


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Discussion of the name

Cwenthryth is a feminine OE name formed from the elements cwēn (‘woman, wife, princess, queen’) and ðryð (‘strength, glory’). The only bearer of the name recorded outside DB is the Mercian princess, daughter of King Cenwulf (Cenwulf 3), who became a famous abbess in Kent in the earlier ninth century (Cwenthryth 1).


von Feilitzen 1937: Olof von Feilitzen, The Pre-Conquest Personal Names of Domesday Book, Nomina Germanica 3 (Uppsala: Almqvist and Wiksells, 1937)

Forms of the name

Spellings in Domesday Book: Quendrud

Forms in modern scholarship:

  von Feilitzen head forms: Cwēnðryð

  Phillimore edition: Cwenthryth

  Alecto edition: Cwenthryth

Distribution map of property and lordships associated with this name in DB

List of property and lordships associated with this name in DB

Holder 1066

Shire Phil. ref. Vill Holder 1066 DB Spelling Holder 1066 Lord 1066 Tenant-in-Chief 1086 1086 subtenant Fiscal value 1066 value 1086 value Holder 1066 ID conf. Show on map
Lincolnshire 67,27 Canwick Quendrud Cwenthryth the nun - Colgrim 'of Ewerby' - 0.50 0.40 0.40 A Map
Total               0.50 0.40 0.40  

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