thane , (commonly) thegn
1 (in Anglo-Saxon England) a member of an aristocratic class, ranking below an ealdorman, whose status was hereditary and who held land from the king or from another nobleman in return for certain services
a a person of rank, often the chief of a clan, holding land from the king
b a lesser noble who was a Crown official holding authority over an area of land
(Old English thegn; related to Old Saxon, Old High German thegan thane)
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