When Mette Marie Poulsdatter was born on 18 June 1791, in Gettrup, Vestervig, Denmark, her father, Poul Korsgaard Christensen, was 32 and her mother, Ane Cathrine Nielsdatter Søndergaard, was 28. She married Anders Christian Jensen Søndergaard on 12 November 1815, in Gettrup, Vestervig, Denmark. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 3 daughters. She lived in Hvidbjerg Vesten Å, Hassing, Thisted, Denmark for about 16 years.
An extremely common given name from the Middle Ages onwards, derived via Old French Marguerite and Latin Margarita from Greek Margarītēs, from margaron ‘pearl’, a word ultimately of Hebrew origin. The name was always understood to mean ‘pearl’ throughout the Middle Ages. The first St Margaret was martyred at Antioch in Pisidia during the persecution instigated by the Emperor Diocletian in the early 4th century. However, there is some doubt about her name, as the same saint is venerated in the Orthodox Church as Marina . There were several other saintly bearers of the name, including St Margaret of Scotland ( d. 1093 ), wife of King Malcolm Canmore and daughter of Edmund Ironside of England. It was also the name of the wife of Henry VI of England, Margaret of Anjou ( 1430–82 ), and of Margaret Tudor ( 1489–1541 ), sister of Henry VIII , who married James IV of Scotland and ruled as regent there after his death. See also Margery , Marjorie .
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