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Meaning and Origin of: Anselm

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First name origins & meanings:

  • German : Deity
  • Old German : Diety

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Last name origin & meaning:

  • English and German : from the Germanic personal name Anselm, composed of the elements ans- ‘god’ + helma ‘protection’, ‘helmet’. The personal name was taken to France and England by St Anselm (c.1033–1109), known as the Father of Scholasticism. He was born in Aosta, Italy, joined the Benedictine order at Bec in Normandy, France, and in 1093 became archbishop of Canterbury, England.