It’s not my letter, but that of a friend of mine. However, if you know how interested in names, and reasons for naming, you’ll understand why I’m sharing it here!
Daily Telegraph, 2nd March, 2016:
Sir, we are glad that Jacob Rees-Mogg, the MP for North east Somerset, has given his children good Anglo-Saxon names: Wulfric and Alfred for his youngest child, and Alphege for his eldest, after St Ælfheah – who was born at Weston on the outskirts of Bath, became Archbishop of Canterbury and was martyred by the Danes.
Alfie, a popular name for boys, could be an eke-name for Ælfred, Ælfheah or Ælfric. It could also be a girl’s name representing Ælfgifu, the wife of King Æthelred and, after Aethelred’s death, King Cnut.
Robert Craig, Chairman, New Ælfric Society, Weston-super-Mare, Somerset
The following day there was a reply:
Letter to the Editor
Daily Telegraph, 3rd March 2016
Sir, I am glad to be a female. Had I been male, my mother’s choice of a name for me was Fulke.
Rosie Clarke, Nailsea, Somerset