Meaning: “war counsel.”
The name is composed of the Germanic elements, rad meaning “counsel” and gund meaning “war.”
The name was borne by a 6th-century French saint who is particularly venerated in the city of Poitiers in France.
St. Radegonde was a Thuringian Princess, the fourth wife of the Frankish king Clotaire I, she founded the monastery of St. Croix in Poitiers.
St. Radegonde was known for her piety and tried to live a life of humility, chastity and poverty while queen.
Many legends and miracles were attributed to her.
In the city of Poitiers, she is considered the patron saint of university students and till this day, students from the University of Poitiers will often visit her tomb before an exam in hopes that the saint will intervene on their behalf.
The designated name-day is August 12.
Other forms of the name include:
Radegundis (Dutch/German/Old French)
Rhadegund (English: archaic)