Subject: Re: Heald and Hildreth
Author: Jim Young   (guest)
Date: September 30, 2007 at 2:47 AM
Reply to: Heald and Hildreth by RSF

Both English. Heald is from the Old English Hylde, meaning a slope or hillside. So the name tells us that the original bearer lived near such a topographical feature.
Hildreth and Hildred are Northern English names. I suspect (don't know in other words) that they derive from a Germanic given name from the words HILD, meaning "battle", as in Hildebrand, and RED, meaning "counsel", as in Aldred.

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