Thusnelda, Tusnelda

Gender: Feminine
Origin: German
Meaning: “giant battle.”
(tooz-NEL-dah)

The name is derived from the Germanic Tussinhilda, which is composed of the words thurs meaning “giant” and hild meaning “battle.”┬áThe name was latinized by Tacitus as Thusnelda.

Thusnelda (c. 10 B.C.E-17 CE), was a Cheruscan princess, daughter of Segestes. She eloped with Arminius, the leader of the Germanic tribes who eventually defeated the Romans at the Teutenberg forest.

In 9 B.C.E, Thusnelda became the prisoner of Germanicus and was paraded infront of the Romans as a victory prize. In later years, Thusnelda became a symbol for German nationlism.

The name is virtually unheard of in Germany these days, but has remained very popular in Latvia in the form of Tusnelda.

The designated name-day in Latvia is July 9.

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