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1: Asta Eriksdottir - New Name (NP)
Submitter desires a feminine name.
No major changes.
Meaning (father's name was Eric so desires something as close as possible.) most important.
Tir Righ submission
Asta - the Norse name is discussed in the Academy of St. Gabriel report 1216 (http://www.s-gabriel.org/1216) which says "Your choice of given name, <A/sta>, is a very good one. The slash indicates an accent over the previous letter. It is pronounced AHS-tah, and is recorded in early histories and continues at least into the 15th century .". The footnote is " Lind, E.H., _Norsk-Isla:ndska Dopnamn ock Fingerade Namn fra*n Medeltiden_ (Uppsala & Leipzig: 1905-1915, sup. Oslo, Uppsala and Kobenhavn: 1931).".
Lind's book sn. Ásta (col. 85-6) includes several dated examples of this spelling:
- Asta (Follo 1302), Asta Arnad (Enebak 1391),Asta a Kirkiuby (1405), Asta (1409).
Erik is also found in Lind sn. Eirkr (col 225) including:
- Eriks (1294, 1320, 1397) and Erikz (1408).
The St Gabriel article also supports the use of <father's name> + <dottir> "you may wish to write the name <Asta Thordhardottir>, which is actually one of a number of possible 14th century spelling variants.".