This name derives from the Old High German name “Ekkebert”, composed of two elements: “*agi,ō” (edge, corner, sharpness (of a weapon), sword) and “*berhtaz” (light, bright, clear, shining one). The name means “shining blade, bright as a blade”. Egbert (also spelled Ecgberht) was King of Wessex from 802 until his death in 839. His father was Ealhmund of Kent. In the 780s Egbert was forced into exile by Offa of Mercia and Beorhtric of Wessex, but on Beorhtric's death in 802 Egbert returned and took the throne. Saint Ecgberht (or Egbert) (died 729) was an Anglo-Saxon monk of Northumbria and Bishop of Lindisfarne.