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-bert, -bell, -ild, and -win

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-bert Names

“Bert” is a Germanic name element. Its original form was “berht” or “beorht” (or something like that) and it was found in the West Germanic cultures of Germany, the Franks (France), the Normans, the Anglo-Saxons (Old English), and the Lowlands. It entered into Latin as bertus and thus spreads to Italian, Spanish, and Portuguese as berto. In Gaelic it often becomes beart.

In modern English and French it is most often found as b-e-r-t. In modern German it comes as bert, pert, brecht, or berth.

It can also be found at the beginnings of some names, like: Bertram, Berthold, Bertrade, or Bertilda.

Some famous examples of “Bert Names” include:

Agilbert - “Smooth Bright” - Agelbert
Annobert - “Anger Bright”
Austrebert - “Eostre (goddess of spring) Bright”
Bernbert - “Bear Bright”
Bert - “Bright”
Colbert - “Dark Bright” or “Cool Bright”
Cuthbert - “Famous Bright”
Delbert
- an unknown element and “Bright” - Dilbert
Dagobert - “Day Bright”
Eberbert - form of Everbert
Edbert - “Rich Bright” Eadbert
Egbert - “Sword Bright”
Englebert - “Angle Bright” - Angilbert
Erembert - “Mighty Bright” - Embert
Ethelbert - “Noble Bright” - Albert, Aubert, Halbert, Athelbert, Adalbert, Adelbert, Elbert
Everbert - “Boar Bright”
Florbert - “Floor Bright” - Floribert
Folbert - “Folk Bright” - Fulbert
Fridebert - “Peace Bright”- Fridebert
Frodobert - “Learned Bright”
Gamelbert - “Old Bright”
Gerbert - “Spear Bright”
Gilbert
- “Pledge Bright” - Gisilbert, Guilbert, Guibert, Gisbert, Gisebert
Godbert - “God Bright” - Gobert, Godebert, Gosbert
Gundebert - “War Bright” - Gondelbert, Gumbert
Herbert - “Army Bright” - Heribert
Hildebert - “Battle Bright” - Hilbert, Ilbert
Huldebert - “Friendly Bright” - Hulbert
Hubert - “Heart, or Spirit Bright” - Hobert, Ubert
Humbert- “Warrior Bright” or “Giant Bright” or “Bear Cub Bright”
Lambert
- “Land Bright”
Lutbert - “People Bright” - Lubert
Madalbert - “Meeting Place Bright”
Norbert - “North Bright”
Osbert - “God Bright” - Ansbert, Ansobert
Philibert
- “Very Bright” - Filbert, Filabert
Rambert - “Raven Bright”
Radbert - “Counsel Bright”
Rembert - “Advice Bright” - Raginbert, Rimbert
Rigobert - “Power Bright” - Ricobert, Ritbert, Ribert
Robert - “Famous Bright”
Siegbert - “Victory Bright” - Sigibert, Sibert
Thancbert - “Think Bright”
Tolbert - an unknown element and “Bright” - Talbert
Waldebert - “Rule Bright” - Walbert
Wendilbert - “Wend (a tribe name) Bright”
Wigbert - “Battle Bright” - Wybert
Wilbert - “Will Bright”


In addition, some none-bert names have become bert names over time, including:
Imbert from Germanic Isembard or “Iron Bard”
Calbert, a surname, from Calvard, meaning Cow Herd.
Schubert , a surname, from Schuchard meanng "Shoemaker."
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Westbert, a surname, from Westberg, meaning “West City.”


-bel Names

Several popular medieval names just happened, arbitrarily, to end in the letters ‘b-e-l’ . They were Isabel, Amabel, and Sibella (Sibyl). Also coincidentally, “belle” happened to be the French word for “beautiful.”

Thereafter, “bel,” “belle,” or “bella” became a popular ending for girls names, and many names were coined based on this.

Some “bel” names include:

Sibella
Isabel, Isabelle, Isabella
Belle, Bella
Amabel
Arabella (a form of Amabel)
Mabel (a form of Amabel)
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Annabelle (originally a form of Amabel, but later used as Anna plus Belle)
Barabel (Barbara plus Belle)
Claribel (“Clara plus Belle)
Mariabella (Maria plus Bella)
Maribel (Maria plus Isabel, or Belle)
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Bonniebelle (“lively” plus Belle)
Christabel (“Christian” plus Belle)
Dowsabel (“sweet” plus Belle)
Dulcibel (“sweet” plus Belle)
Mirabelle (“admired” plus Belle)
Rosabel (“rose” plus Belle)
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At least two Biblical names, Jezebel and Mehetabel end in “bel” although this is also just a coincidence.


-ilda Names

The suffix “hild,” “hilda,” “hilde,” “ild,” “ilda,” or “ilde” is often found in Germanic feminine names. It was a very popular suffix, and meant “battle.” It is also found at the beginnings of some names, including Hildegard, and Hildred. The name Hilda is short for any and all of these names. The Germanic “hild” often became the Latin “ilda.”
“Ilda” names include:

Bertilda - “Bright Battle”
Borghilda - “Fortress Battle”
Botilda - “Better Battle”
Brunhilda - “Armor Battle”
Casilda - meaning unknown
Clotilda - “Famous Battle”
Gunilda - “War Battle”
Krimhilda - Mask Battle”
Matilda - “Mighty Battle”
Ragnilda - “Advice Battle”
Romilda - “Famous Battle”
Schwanhilda - “Swan Battle”
Torilda - “Thor Battle”


-win Names

“Win” is a Germanic name element, meaning “Friend,” and found in the West Germanic cultures of Germany, the Franks (France), the Normans, the Anglo-Saxons (Old English), and the Lowlands. It often turns into “vin,” “wine,” or “wyn.” In Latin it can become “vinus” and in Italian and Spanish it is often “vino” or “uino.” In French, it can be “oin” or “ouin” as when Baldwin became Baudouin.
Some “win” names include:

Adalwin - “Noble Friend” - Athelwin
Aldwin - “Old (Man) Friend”
Aylwin, Alwin, Alvin - “Elf Friend”
Baldwin, Baudoin - “Bold Friend”
Chatwin - “Soldier Friend”
Corwin - possibly “Heart Friend”
Darwin - “Dear Friend”
Edwin - “Rich Friend”
Elwin - “Elf Friend”
Erwin, Arwin, Arvin - “Honor Friend”
Erwin, Irwin - “Boar Friend”
Gladwin - “Bright Friend”
Hartwin- “Hardy Friend”
Leofwin - “Dear Friend”
Lidwin - “People Friend”
Godwin- “God Friend”
Oswin- “God Friend”
Selwin - “House Friend”
Wulfwin - “Wolf Friend”

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