Origin of the name BRUNIHILT.
Etymology of the
Meaning of the baby name BRUNIHILT.
Old High German name, composed of Teutonic bruni/brunja
"coat of mail" and Hilti,
"goddess of war," from hilt, "battle, contest,"
hence "breast-plated battle maid."
A proud warrior-virgin in the
German epic, the "Nibelungen Lied," who promised to be the
bride of the man who could conquer her in three trials, in hurling the
lance, in throwing the stone, and in leaping after the stone when
thrown. By the arts and bravery of Siegfried, she was deluded into
marrying Günther, king of Burgundy; but, discovering the trick
that had been put upon her, she planned and accomplished the destruction
of Siegfried, and the humiliation of Chriemhild, his wife, who was her
rival. (An Explanatory and Pronouncing Dictionary of the Noted Names
of Fiction, Wheeler, 1889)