Sifrid von Eichelborn in
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Sifrid von Eichelborn was born in Eichelborn, Thuringia in the Holy Roman Empire in 1269. His family was involved in the woad trade out of Erfurt, Thuringia. He traveled widely in support of his family's commercial activities, spending time in Bishop's Lynn, England, and also in Novgorod, Russia. There he was married to Sofya Iakovleva Kliucheneva in 1304 as his family was trying to improve their trade connections in Russia. He now makes his home in the Kingdom of Calontir, although he continues to travel widely, accompanied by his wife.
Sifrid's mundane name is Echelbarger. It is a corruption of the German name Eichelberger, which means "one from the oak hill" or "one from town of Eichelberg". However, further genealogy research has revealed that "Eichelberger" was an American corruption of his family's original name "Eichelborner." The word "Eichelborn" means "oak fount" or "oak spring." As far as I can tell, there is only one town named "Eichelborn" in Germany, and it is located near Erfurt.