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Gender: F Pronunciation: el-LOOND or el-EEN-ed Meaning of Eluned: "idol, image" Origin of Eluned: Welsh

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Exotic and mysterious, Eluned's beauty and intelligence were legendary in Welsh legend; she was the handmaiden of the Lady of the Fountain in a Welsh Arthurian romance, who had a magic ring that made the wearer invisible.

The name is also seen as Luned, and is the sounce of Lynette, in Tennyson's Gareth and Lynette.

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In Arthurian legend, Lunete (Welsh, English: Luned; French: Lunete, Lunette) was the handmaiden and advisor to the Lady of the Fountain. She is described in Chrétien de Troyes' 'Yvain, the Knight of the Lion as "a charming brunette, prudent, clever and polite..."

Pop Culture References for the Name Eluned

This name is pronounced el-LEE-ned in Wales.
A fairly popular name with Welsh parents in the 20th century. Trefor R. Davies gives the name as EILUNED in his 'Book of Welsh Names' (1952), but Eluned is clearly preferred. ELINED is sometimes found, capturing the pronunciation. LUNED also occurs. Sir Thomas Malory turned the name into LINET in his 'History of King Arthur', which Tennyson adapted in his turn as LYNETTE.

Eiluned (slightly different spelling) Price is an appealingly independent female friend of Harriet Vane in the Dorothy L. Sayers mysteries featuring Vane and Lord Peter Wimsey.

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