The name Rapunzel has many meanings. It’s Germanic in origin and is a variation of the word rapen, which means turnip or radish. The name Rapunzel can also be derived from the French word for “rampion,” a plant that grows wild and is edible. In Grimm’s Fairytale, Rapunzel was kidnapped by an evil witch who craved her long golden hair so she could use it to weave spells and enchantments on herself! There are other theories about where this fairy tale came from but we’ll save them for another time…
The origin of the name Rapunzel
Rapunzel is a fairy-tale character from the Brothers Grimmsm’ story “Rapunzel” (in their collections).
The earliest known appearance by name is in 1764, when Madame D’Aulnoy wrote a fairy tale called “Persinette”, although it was not until the 1812 translation of the Brothers Grimm version that the phenomenon of the maiden with long hair occurs.
There is no mention of her name in earlier versions. However, Rapunzel’s Tower is mentioned as early as 1764 by Madame D’Aulnoy . There are at least three towers known as “Lorelei” (on the rivers Rhine, Ruhr and Elbe) which also appear in literature or legends – usually these are associated with the Rhinemaidens; this article on Wikipedia mentions that “Lorelei” was introduced into Germanic mythology by Clemens Brentano in his novel Godwi oder Das steinerne Bild der Mutter (1800), he used it for a cliff near Bonn .
The story of Rapunzel is by far more popular than either of these towers in Germany, and in the English-speaking world. It was the story that got me into fairy tales when I was a kid (and then started reading original versions), it’s also one of my favourites.
One interesting fact about the name “Rapunzel” is that if you look for images of her, you’ll usually see long hair; however, this is completely at odds with the story itself – which specifies very clearly that she has short hair (the witch makes her keep it hidden under a scarf).
The meaning and popularity of the name Rapunzel
The name ‘Rapunzel’ has been popularized through the Brothers Grimm’s story of a girl with very long hair that is locked up. The German word for the plant rampion, which was used by her mother to make her long for a man who imprisons a magical maiden in a tower, is spelled Rapunzel.
In the fairy tale, it may be assumed that this derives from rapp meaning rap or grab and punsel strand of hair. Hence one interpretation is as follows: “Rapunzel” means “grab-pig”, as someone who harvests this plant could grab some roots as they dig them out of the ground. In fact, German dialectal variants include Rappenkropf “radish-head” and Rübenrotz “beetroot snot”.
In Germany, women often give this name to a girl born in winter because of the longed-for arrival of spring and summertime.
Other than that, Rapunzel is derived from the Old High German word for turnip, rapa(n)zale/raphasala. The plant was named rapunze in late medieval times (in early modern German: rapuntzel or rampion). This plant had been cultivated since Roman times as an ingredient in salads. It is not related to the princess’s former propensity to eat make her pregnant with twins; these were impregnated by the prince himself while visiting her in the night.
It has also been argued that Rapunzel may be based on tales about real people such as Saint Roseline (a virgin who refused marriage) or Elisabeth von Nassau-Saarbrücken (who had become pregnant out of wedlock). Regardless of whether you believe this theory
What’s another name for Rapunzel?
Another name for Rapunzel is the tallest woman in all of Germany, with a height that reaches up to 160 centimeters.
Why would Rapunzel die if she healed Eugene?
Rapunzel was a very stubborn young woman, who would not let anyone tell her what to do. She did love Eugene but he could never heal from his injuries so she left him in order for both of them have peace?