This name derives from Old English (Anglo-Saxon) name “Æðelred”, composed of two elements “æthel” (noble) plus “ræd” (advice). In turn the name means “noble counsel, well-advised”. Æthelred the Unready, Æthelred II was king of England (978–1013 and 1014–1016). He was son of King Edgar and Queen Ælfthryth. Æthelred was only about 10 (no more than 13) when his half-brother Edward was murdered.