Start My Family Tree Welcome to Geni, home of the world's largest family tree.
Join Geni to explore your genealogy and family history in the World's Largest Family Tree.

The Problem with Adelais / Adela / Alix :^) -- a common name for 10th-11th c women

Project Tags

view all


  • Adèle de Vermandois, comtesse de Vermandois et Valois (c.1057 - 1120)
    Adelais (Adele) de Vermandois (1065-28 Sept 1120/24) was suo jure Countess of Vermandois and Valois and the last member of the Carolingian dynasty. Daughter of Heribert IV de Vermandois; married Hugues...
  • Adèle de Cambrai (c.1010 - 1046)
    Adela De Cambrai (b. 1008, d. 1046)Adela De Cambrai (daughter of Walter De Cambrai and Ermentrude)93, 93 was born 1008 in Cambrai, Nord, Nord Pas De Calais, France93, 93, and died 1046 in Y93, 93. She ...
  • Adèle de Brionne (985 - 1040)
    Adela de Brionne daughter of Gilbert de Brionne, sister of Richard, Baldwin and William de Brionne. Married Neel II de Saint Sauveur, Vicomte du Cotentin.from Charles Cawley, FMG:ADELA ). Her parentage...
  • Adele of Vermandois (bef.910 - 960) - Aleidis van Vermandois.... ; Adela (Adèle, Alix) de Vermandois, wife of Arnoul the Great (the Old) Spouse: Arnulf I 'den Grôotn' van Vloandern (Arnoul 'le Grand' de Flandre) ...
  • Aélis de Montdidier-Roucy (c.1050 - c.1114)
    Aélis de Montdidier-Roucy was born ABT 1049-1050 in France, Picardie, Aisne, Roucy, daughter of *Hildouin IV Count of Montdidier 1010 -- 1063*Alix de Roucy abt 1014 -- 1062She married Foulques (Conan) ...

I've decided to tackle the 10th-11th century Adele / Adela / Adelais / Adelaide / Alix / Alice problem. I'm going to just focus on these ladies and try to disambiguate them and get their relationships cleared up. The number of women named Adel* de Vermandois is truly mind-numbing, and I'm so tired of undoing bad merges!

Would any of you who come across any Adeles (or variations) born between c850-1100 please drop them into this project?

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

P.S. There is another project with the same topic that Erin Spiceland started, and since Geni is not able to merge projects, we're working both of them--so see the Adelaide....etc. affiliated project as well.