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old english (anglo-saxon)
*KōNIZ / CENE *HELMAZ > CENHELM

This name derives from the Old English name “Cenhelm”, composed of two Germanic elements: “*kōniz” (able, knowledgeable, skillful, clever, experienced, wise), plus “*helmaz” (helmet, protection). In turn, the name means “one who defends valiantly”. Saint Kenelm (or Cynehelm) was an Anglo-Saxon saint, venerated throughout medieval England, and mentioned in the Canterbury Tales. William of Malmesbury, writing in the 12th century, recounted that "there was no place in England to which more pilgrims traveled than to Winchcombe on Kenelm's feast day".

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