noun Early English History.
Origin of atheling
Examples from the Web for atheling
He arrived at Atheling about the noon hour, and Kitty was the first to see and to welcome him.
Perhaps Kate felt it also; for when he rode up to Atheling gates in the gloaming, he saw her sauntering up the avenue.
He will of course make inquiries, and I wonder what Mrs. Atheling and Kate will say.
Have you fallen in love with Cecil North, or with Mr. Atheling?
Thou saidst the Atheling summoned an assembly of the Saxon witan?The Last of the Vikings|John Bowling
Word Origin for atheling
"member of a noble family," Old English æðling, from æðel "noble family," related to Old English æðele "noble," from Proto-Germanic *athala-, from PIE *at-al- "race, family," from *at(i)- "over, beyond, super" + *al- "to nourish." With suffix -ing "belonging to." A common Germanic word (cf. Old Saxon ediling, Old Frisian etheling, Old High German adaling).