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25Alfhild

There was once a Norse maiden who was betrothed to a king named Alf. She objected to this engagement, so she disguised herself as a warrior. At least, that is how the Old Norse legend goes. Her name was Alfhild, which breaks down as ‘elf battle.’ Her story might have

been based on a 9th century Viking, and her name became pretty popular a little after 1900 in Norway. It was always rare in the United States, though. Every once in a while, it would pop up in Great Britain: Roald Dahl’s older sister had this name. It’s also the name of a character in the Elder Scrolls games.

This is a fun name for girls. She can go by Al, and you can kid her about being your little elf. It’s a user-friendly name, too. It deserves to be in the top 1000, at least.

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