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Marje middle English word - Dou (37) RE: middle English word - Dou 11 Apr 16


Guest RC, are you sure about that? I thought "Robyn" as a female name was a fairly recent usage emanating from the USA. Spellings in medieval times were not fixed, and the use of the y spelling is probably not significant - "Robyn Hood" is sometimes spelt thus in old documents.It started out as a diminutive of Robert, eventually becoming a name in its own right. I have never heard of the Virgin Mary being addressed as Robyn.

It makes more sense to regard that line, in the vernacular, as an aside from the mother asking a male (husband, son) to stop pestering the baby.

Marje


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