ALF

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Name Element


Origin and Meaning

Germanic name element, deriving from the Indo-Germanic word *albh- = 'to shine, gleam' [1]

Proto-Norse

*albiz = 'elf, supernatural being' [2]

Old Norse

alfr = 'elf, supernatural being' (in endings masculine) [1] [2] [3] [4]
ælfR = 'elf, supernatural being' (in endings feminine) [4]

Anglo Saxon

ælf = 'elf, supernatural being' [5] [6] [7]

Old High German

alb, alp = 'elf, supernatural being' [5]

Old Saxon

alf = 'elf, supernatural being' [8]

Related Names

See *Alba, *Albiz, Alba, Albo

Combinations

Name
Element    
Example
ARINN see Alfarinn
ARN see Alfarinn
AS see ÁsælfR
AUD see AuðælfR
BJÖRN see Alfbjǫrn
BORG see Bergálfur
BRAND see Brandalfr
BRYN see Brynjálvur
DIS see Alfdís and DísælfR
DRIF see Aldríf
EY see Álfey and Øyalf
FINN see Alffinnr
FRID see FriðælfR (Norse) and Elfrieda (German)
FRÍÐ see Alfridh
GAND see Gandalfr
GAUT see Alfgautr
GEIR see *Albigaizaz and GæiRalfR
GERD see Alfgerðr
GISL see Algísl
GJAF see Ælfgifu (English)
GRIM see *Alfgrímr
GUD see GuðælfR
GUNN see GunnælfR
HARD see Alphard (German)
HEÐIN see Álvheðin
HEID see Alfheiðr
HER see *Albiharjaz (Norse) and Albheri (German) and Ælfhere (English) and Herálvur (Norse)
HILD see Alfhildr
HREID see *Reiðalfr
HROD see HróðælfR
HUND see Hundalfr
ING see Ingálvur
see Jóalfr
JOR see Joralf
KETILL see Alfketill and KætilælfR
LAUG see Alflaug
LEIK see AlflakR
LJOS see Ljósálfur
LJOT see Álfljótr
MAR see Almarr
MOD see Álfmóðr (Norse)
MUND see Almund
NOR see Noralf
NY see Alfný
RAD see Álfráðr (Norse) and Alberad (German) and Ælfræd (English)
RAGN see RagnælfR
RIK see AlfríkR (Norse) and Alberich (German)
ROS see Álfrós
RUN see Alfrún (Norse), Runälf (Norse) and Albrun (German)
SOL see Álfsól
VALD see Alfvaldr (Norse), Alboald (German) and Ælfwold (English)
VI see Alví and VíælfR
VID see Alvid
VIN see Alfvin (Norse), Albwin (German) and Ælfwine (English)
VÖR see Álfvör
ÞOR see Álfþór and Þóralfr
ÞRUÐ see Alþrúðr (Norse) and Ælfþryð (English)

First Element Forms

Al- Ál-
Alb- Albe- *Albi-
Alf- Álf-
All- Allf-
Alp-
Alv- Alw- Álv-
Elf-
Ælf-

Last Element Forms

-alf -alfa -alfr -alfR -álfur
-alv -álvur
-elf -elfa -elfr -elfur
-älf -ælf -ælfR

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Kristoffer Kruken og Ola Stemshaug: Norsk Personnamnleksikon (1995)
  2. 2.0 2.1 Per Vikstrand: Förkristna sakrala personnamn i Skandinavien (Studia anthroponymica Scandinavica 27 (2009), 5–31)
  3. Roland Otterbjörk: Svenska förnamn (1979)
  4. 4.0 4.1 Lena Peterson: Nordiskt runnamnslexikon (2002)
  5. 5.0 5.1 Wilfried Seibicke: Historisches Deutsches Vornamenbuch (Band 1-4)
  6. Eva Brylla: Förnamn i Sverige (2004)
  7. Kustaa Vilkuna: Etunimet (1990)
  8. Wilhelm Schlaug: Die altsächsischen Personennamen vor dem Jahre 1000 (1962)