AI

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Name Element


Origin and Meaning

Germanic name element

In some combinations it is difficult or impossible to tell if the element belongs to AI or maybe to similar elements like EY or EIN instead.

See also E and EI.

Ancient Germanic

*aiṷ- = 'lifetime, vitality' [1]
*aịu- = 'lifetime, vitality' [1]

Proto Norse

*aiwa- = 'always' [2] [3] [4]
*aiwa = 'always' [4]

Old Norse

ǣvi = 'life' [5] [1]
ǣvi = 'eternity, time, life' [6]

Gothic

aiws = 'time, eternity' [5] [1]
aiw = 'ever' [7]

Old High German

ēwa = 'eternity' [5] [1] [8]
ēwa = 'right, law' [8] [9]
ēwī = 'eternity, time, life' [6]

Middle High German

ē = 'eternity' [1]
ēwe = 'eternity' [1]

Anglo-Saxon

ǣfre = 'ever' [7]
áwa = 'ever' [7]

Related Names

See Aiva

Combinations

Name
Element    
Example
BJÖRN see Æibiǫrn
BJÖRT see Ebert
GLO see Eygló
GEIR see *Aiwigaizaz
HER see *Aiwiharjaz
HVAT see Æihvatr
LEIF see ÆilæifR
LIF see *Aiwa-līƀaR
LIKN see Æilíkn
MUND see Æimundr
NIUT see Æiniútr
RIK see *Aiwa-rikiaR and Ewaric
VALD see Ewawald (German)
ÞORN see Æiþorn

First Element Forms

Ai-
*Aiwa- *Aiwi-
E- Ee-
Ei-
Ej-
Ewa-
Je-
Ä-
Æi-
Æv- Ǣv-

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Günther Drosdowski: Duden Etymologie - Herkunftswörterbuch der deutschen Sprache (1997)
  2. Lena Peterson: Nordiskt runnamnslexikon (2002)
  3. Roland Otterbjörk: Svenska förnamn (1979)
  4. 4.0 4.1 Eva Brylla: Förnamn i Sverige (2004)
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Ferdinand Holthausen: Gotisches etymologisches Wörterbuch (1934)
  6. 6.0 6.1 Ferdinand Holthausen: Vergleichendes und Etymologisches Wörterbuch des Altwestnordischen (1948)
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Walter W. Skeat: The Concise Dictionary of English Etymology (1993)
  8. 8.0 8.1 Wilfried Seibicke: Historisches Deutsches Vornamenbuch (Band 1-4)
  9. Kristoffer Kruken og Ola Stemshaug: Norsk Personnamnleksikon (1995)