zireael07 (zireael07) wrote in linguaphiles,
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Aliena - "Pillars of the Earth"

I have some trouble determining from where did Ken Follett get the name Aliena for the main female character of "Pillars of the Earth".

My theories so far are:
1) a misspelling of Alienor (a known Middle-Ages female name, see Alienor of Aquitaine)
2) a variant of the above
3) a misspelling of Elaine

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Which do you think is true? I thought for a long time that it was an error on the part of the Polish translator, but then I saw original cast for "Pillars of the Earth" TV series and realized the name was Aliena in the original too.

Help?
Tags: english, middle english
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