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  • Alix de Méry (c.1330 - d.)
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  • Alix de Dreux (1145 - 1210)
    Adèle (Alix) de Dreux Adèle (Alix) de Dreux, fille de Robert Ier de Dreux et de Harvise de Salisbury. Mariages et descendance 1) Valéran III († 1162), seigneur de Breteuil. 2) Guy II de Châti...
  • Alice (Adèle ou Asélaïde) de Dreux (1156 - c.1217)
    Alix (1156 -† ap. 1217), fille de Robert I "le Grand" de Dreux e Agnès de Baudement, Comtesse de Braine, mariée en 1174 à Raoul Ier (v. 1134 - † 1191), seigneur de Coucy.
  • Alix de Montmorency (c.1174 - 1221)
    Alix de Montmorency From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Alix de Montmorency, died Feb 24, 1220-1221. Her parents were Bouchard III de Montmorency and Countess of Hainaut Laurence. Early life ...

This project is for keeping track of all the women out there whose names are derivatives of the Germanic Adalheidis, from the roots "adal" (noble) and "heid" (kind, sort, type). Its many forms, which may have been used simultaneously for the same woman, include Aalis, Ada, Ade, Adaelaeide, Adalaidis, Aelis, Aelips, Adalheid, Adelheld, Adalheidis, Adelisa, Adeliza, Adel, Adela, Adélaïde, Adéla, Adéle, Adélaide, Abdelahide, Adelais, Adelaid, Adelaida, Adelaide, Adelajda, Adele, Adelheid, Adelheida, Adeline, Adelina, Adina, Adelheide, Adeline, Adella, Adelle, Alheidis, Aleidis, Aleida, Alheida, Alica, Alice, Alicia, Aliisa, Alis, Alisa, Alise, Alisia, Allis, Allys, Alys, Alysa, Alyse, Alysia, Elke, Heide, Heidi, Ida.

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This project is dedicated to keeping separate the women who were cursed with bearing one of the many forms of this multi-cultural, often-mixed-up name. These ladies deserve an identity. Let's separate, identify, and personify them!

While these names are often used interchangeably in the early middle ages, I just found another stunning reminder that we need to be careful with these seemingly interchangeable medieval names! A case I just came across--three sisters who were daughters of Hildouin de Montdidier IV:

  1. Ada de Montdidier-Roucy, married Geoffroy, seigneur de Guise (1070 † 1141), and Gaultier d'Ath, puis à Thierry, seigneur d'Avesnes
  2. Adélaïde de Montdidier-Roucy (v.1035 † v.1068), married Arnoul I, († 1106), comte de Chiny.
  3. Aélis de Montdidier-Roucy, married Conon Falcon de La Sarraz, sire de Grandson.

They've pretty much been merged together so I'm working on separating them.

Not too creative with naming in the 11th century, were they? ;^)

(Pam Wilson)