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It became unused after the Normans introduced their form of Adalbert after their invasion.Derived from the Old English elements æðel "noble" and ræd "counsel".From the Greek Αχιλλευς (Achilleus), which is of unknown meaning, perhaps derived from Greek αχος (achos) "pain" or else from the name of the Achelous River.This was the name of a warrior in Greek legend, one of the central characters in Homer's 'Iliad'.Saint Agatha was a 3rd-century martyr from Sicily who was tortured and killed after spurning the advances of a Roman official.
Derived from the Germanic elements alf "elf" and ric "power".The Normans introduced it to England, where it replaced the Old English cognate Æðelberht.Though it became rare in England by the 17th century, it was repopularized in the 19th century by the German-born Prince Albert, the husband of Queen Victoria.This was the name of two Saxon kings of England including Æðelræd II "the Unready" whose realm was overrun by the Danes in the early 11th century.The name was rarely used after the Norman Conquest.
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It was borne by several Swedish kings as a first or second name, most notably by Gustav II Adolf in the 17th century.