Quoth "Meallan McArdle":
> I was wondering if any of you resourceful citizens of the realm knew
> of any records or documentation for the name "Deor"? Other than the
> old-english poem, I cannot seem to find any other source for the name.
> I have a friend who just recently joined and wanted to use Deor as her
> society name, and asked me if it would be ok to use. Also with it
> being a male name would she still be able to use it with a 11th
> century anglo-saxon persona, and not falter too far off line with
> authenticity? SO i send my pleas put to all of you!
The best sources for Old English names are the PASE database
and Sean Miller's "Anglo-Saxon
database has three examples of the masculine name <Deora>, spelled
<Diere> 757x758, <Deora>, <Diera>, <Diora> 765x772-781x785, <Di'o'ra>
[sic], <Diar>, and <Diara> fl. 843-863. The <Diar> citation is from
Charter S 1196 dating to 859
<Deora> the standardized form can be found in charter S 109, dating
to the late 8th C
So, <Deora> would be a perfectly find Old English name. Given the
citation of <Diar>, <Deor> might be possible, but it's pretty unlikely.
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