Origin of the name MODRED.
Etymology of the
Meaning of the baby name MODRED.
MODRED.Arthurian. A son of Lot and traitor of King Arthur.
It is an English form of Welsh Medrawd
(q.v.), a name said to come from a root meaning "to hit." (The
Mythology of the British Islands, Squire, 1905). Also spelled Mordred.
of Lot king of Norway and Anne own sister of king Arthur (pt. viii. 21;
ix. 9). He is always called "the traitor." While
king Arthur was absent, warring with the Romans, Modred was left regent;
but he usurped the crown and married his aunt the queen (pt. x.
13). When Arthur heard thereof, he returned, and attacked the
usurper, who fled to Winchester (pt. xi. x). The king followed
him, and Modred drew up his army at Cambula, in Cornwall, where another
battle was fought. In this engagement Modred was slain, and Arthur
also received his death-wound (pt. xi. 2). The queen, called
Guanhumara (but better known as Guenever), retired to a convent in the
City of Legions, and entered the order of Julius the Martyr (pt. xi. 1).—Geoffrey:
British History (1142).
This is so very different to the accounts given in
Arthurian romance of Mordred, that it is better to give the two names as
if they were different individuals. (The Reader's Handbook of Famous
Names in Fiction, &c., Brewer, 1884)