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Æthelred, also Ethelred, is an Old English personal name (a compound of æþele and ræd, meaning "noble counsel" or "well-advised"; Old English pronunciation: [ˈæːðelˌræːd]) and may refer to:

Anglo-Saxon England

  • Æthelred and Æthelberht, legendary princes of Kent

  • Æthelred of Mercia (fl. 645–709), King of Mercia

  • Æthelred I of East Anglia (fl. 760s–780s)

  • Æthelred I of Northumbria (fl. 762–796), King of Northumbria

  • Æthelred II of Northumbria, King of Northumbria (fl. 854–862)

  • Æthelred II of East Anglia (fl. 870s)

  • Æthelred I, King of Wessex (865 – 871), King of Wessex

  • Æthelred Mucel (fl. 840–895), father of King Alfred the Great's wife, Ealhswith

  • Æthelred (archbishop) (fl. 870–888), Archbishop of Canterbury

  • Æthelred, Lord of the Mercians (fl. 881–911)

  • Æthelred of Cornwall (fl. 1001), Bishop of Cornwall

  • Æthelred the Unready (978–1016), King of England


  • Ethelred of Scotland (fl. 1093), son of Malcolm III and Saint Margaret

  • Aelred of Rievaulx (1110–1167), English writer, saint and abbot of Rievaulx

  • Ethelred Taunton (1857–1907), English Roman Catholic priest and historical writer

  • Aethelred Eldridge (born 1930), American academic and painter

See also

  • Ethelreda (given name)


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