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    Examples of Old Germanic Language

    I'm searching for text/words/names in the old Germanic languages. Especially Eastern Germanic (but not Crimean!). I've found examples of most Western and Northern groups , but currently I'm searching Vandalic/Burgundian names/words and their etymology.

    And with old Germanic , I ofcourse mean Proto-Norse/Late Common Germanic , Old Norse , Old Dutch , Old English , Gothic , Old etc...
    Basicly every Germanic language until 1066.
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    Well, your best bet is to poke around here: http://www.indo-european.nl/ and http://lexicon.ff.cuni.cz/etc/aa_texts.html .

    And if anybody finds anything comprehensive on Old Frankish. . .do let Aemma know.

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    Try Googling 'Havelok the Dane'.

    Herkneth to me, gode men -
    Wives, maydnes, and alle men -
    Of a tale that ich you wile telle,
    Wo so it wile here and therto dwelle.
    The tale is of Havelok imaked:
    Whil he was litel, he yede ful naked.
    Havelok was a ful god gome -
    He was ful god in everi trome;
    He was the wicteste man at nede
    That thurte riden on ani stede.
    That ye mowen now yhere,
    And the tale you mowen ylere,
    At the biginnig of ure tale,
    Fil me a cuppe of ful god ale;
    And wile drinken, her I spelle,
    That Crist us shilde alle fro helle.
    Krist late us hevere so for to do
    That we moten comen Him to;
    And, witthat it mote ben so,
    Benedicamus Domino!
    Here I schal biginnen a rym;
    Krist us yeve wel god fyn!
    The rym is maked of Havelok -
    A stalworthi man in a flok.
    He was the stalwortheste man at nede
    That may riden on ani stede.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hrafnmann View Post
    Well, your best bet is to poke around here: http://www.indo-european.nl/ and http://lexicon.ff.cuni.cz/etc/aa_texts.html .

    And if anybody finds anything comprehensive on Old Frankish. . .do let Aemma know.

    lol Always looking out for my back! Thanks H!

    Yes please do send my way whatever anyone of you might have on Old Frankish. It's such a shame that there's nary any bits of it left! The closest I've come to anything is seeing the link between Old Frankish and Old Frisian but that's it. Any little bit would help!

    Thanks and cheers All!

    Frith...Aemma

    PS: Rik, sorry I hyjacked your thread. Didn't mean to!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aemma View Post
    Yes please do send my way whatever anyone of you might have on Old Frankish.
    I'm always on the lookout for anything as well. Since they didn't write anything down in Frankish, we're pretty much just left with the names. This site has several excellent pages that explain Frankish name construction.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Psychonaut View Post
    I'm always on the lookout for anything as well. Since they didn't write anything down in Frankish, we're pretty much just left with the names. This site has several excellent pages that explain Frankish name construction.
    Technically this shouldn't be a problem given they can reconstruct a tongue to some degree. Enough scholars over the last few hundred years have worked on Proto-Germanic and such, you would *think* someone by now would have had a stab at a few of the missing tongues within the Germanic family. After all if we have Frankish names, they have enough to see vowel shifts and other linguistic mutations. I suspect there is something out there on Frankish but it is so buried deep in academia it hasn’t yet surfaced on the net.

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    I'm so hoping that you're right H. How nice that would be.

    Psychonaut, thank you. I remember having come across this as well a while back and had forgotten this link but did remember this part: http://heraldry.sca.org/laurel/names/paris.html#R The 1292 Paris Census...under the R's, second column, second last name, thar be my family name!!! I was thrilled when I saw that, I can tell you! Seems my family name was a given name, by the looks of things. Unless of course they didn't bother taking down her given name and just wrote down her family name???

    All very exciting stuff anyway!

    Cheers All!

    Frith...Aemma

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aemma View Post
    Seems my family name was a given name, by the looks of things. Unless of course they didn't bother taking down her given name and just wrote down her family name???
    Well, from what I've seen in my own genealogy, many of the Germanic names originating in Normandie (i.e. Hébert, Melançon, etc.) did begin as given names, as did many Scandinavian surnames.
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