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old english (anglo-saxon)

This name derives from Old English (Anglo-Saxon) name “Æthelthryth”, composed of two elements: “æthel” (noble) plus “þrýð” (strength). The name means “noble strength, noble and strong” some form of the name is also used in Shakespeare's comedy "As you like it". Æthelthryth (or Æðelþryð; about 636–679) is the name for the Anglo-Saxon saint known, particularly in a religious context, as Etheldreda or Audrey. She was an East Anglian princess, a Fenland and Northumbrian queen and Abbess of Ely. The name gain luster and sheen thanks to the British actress and humanitarian Audrey Hepburn (born Audrey Kathleen Ruston; 1929–1993).

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