ALPHONSO. This name is usually derived
from the Gothic helpuns (say hialp-uns), our help; but to
arrive at the origin of the name we must compare it with the Spanish
Alfónso, Alónso, which all represent
Alphonso. Now, the second has been abbreviated from the
first, and the third from the second. The name Ildefónso is
derived from the Old German saint-name Hildefons, or, as some write it,
Hildefuns. The latter has been rendered
"battle-eager." (Praenomina, Charnock, 1882)
Alphonso, King of Spain, is the
thirteenth of his historic and time-honoured name in that country.
The first was Alphonso the Catholic, King of the Asturias, 739-58.
The tenth was Alphonso the Wise, the competitor of Richard, Earl of
Cornwall, for the Imperial crown. It was his sister Eleanor who
was the beloved wife of Edward I. Their third son Alphonso, born
at Beaune, in Gascony (famous for its wine), on the morrow of St.
Clement, 1274, became by the death of his brothers, his father's heir,
but died when ten years old, 19 Aug., 1284, and was buried in
Westminster Abbey. (Notes and Queries, White, v.114, 1906)