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Ælfgifu (also Ælfgyfu; Elfgifa, Elfgiva, Elgiva) is an Anglo-Saxon feminine personal name, from ælf "elf" and gifu "gift". When Emma of Normandy, the later mother of Edward the Confessor, became queen of England in 1002, she was given the native Anglo-Saxon name of Ælfgifu to be used in formal and official contexts.[1]

Latinized forms of the name include forms such as Aelueua, Alueua, Alueue, Elgiva, Elueua, Aluiua, Aueue (etc.).

People called Ælfgifu:

Elgiva may also refer to:


  1. ^ Florence of Worcester: Emmam, Saxonica Alfgivam vocatam; see Bolton Corney, The Gentleman's Magazine, July 1839, p. 44.