AS

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Name Element


Origin and Meaning

Germanic name element sometimes interpreted as meaning the god Þórr in names [1]

The origin could lie in Germanic *ans- = 'beam, post' (devotion to wooden gods) or Old Indian ásura-, ásu = 'vitality' [2]

Ancient Germanic

*ansuz = 'heathen god' [3] [4]
*ansuz = 'áss', 'god' [5]

Proto-Norse

*ansuR = 'heathen god' [1] [6] [7]

Old Norse

áss = 'heathen god' [6]
áss = 'god' [2] [1] [8]
óss = 'god' [1]
ǫss = 'heathen god' [6]
ás = 'áss', 'god' [5]

Old Saxon

âs = 'god' [9]
ôs = 'god' [9]
ás = 'áss', 'god' [5]
ós = 'áss', 'god' [5]

Old High German

ans = 'god' [9] [10]
ans- = 'áss', 'god' [5]
ansi = 'god' [8]

Old English

ōs = 'god' [11]

Old Frisian

ēs = 'áss', 'god' [5]

Related Names

See Ansila, Ansilo, Ása, Aseline, Aske, Aski, Ásli, Assa, Assi Asseus, Ásta, Ásti, Esa, Osa, Oso, Ossi, Ozzie

Combinations

Name
Element    
Example
ALF see ÁsælfR
BJÖRN see Ásbiǫrn (Norse) and Osbeorn (English)
BJÖRT see Ásbjartur
BORG see Ásbjǫrg
Bragi see Ásabragr
BRAND see Ásbrandr
BRITT see Åsabritt
DIARF see ÁsdiarfR
DIS see Ásdís
FAST see Ásfastr
FINN see Ásfinnur
FRID see *Ásfriðr
FRÍÐ see *Ansu-friþioR
GAUT see Ásgautr
GEIR see ÁsgæiRR (Norse) and Ansgar (German)
GERD see Ásgærðr
GEST see Ansugastiz
GISL see Ansugīslaz
GRIM see Ásgrímr
GUNN see Ásgunnr
HEID see Ǣshæiðr
HER see Ásvar
HILD see Áshildr
HJALM see Anshelm (German)
KETILL see Ásketill
LAUG see Áslaug
LEIF see *Ansulaibaz
LEIK see ÁslæikR
LEN see Åselene
MAR see Ásmarr
MOD see Ásmóðr
MUND see Ásmundr
NIUT see Ásniútr
NY see Ásný
ODD see Ásoddr
RAD see Ástráðr
ROS see Ásrós
RUN see Asrun
SVEIN see Ássvein
ULF see ÁsulfR
UNN see Ásunn
VALD see Ásvaldr (Norse) and Answald (German)
VAR see Var-Ási
VARD see Ásvarðr
VEIG see Åsveig
VI see Ásví
VID see Ásviðr
VÖR see Ásvǫr
VÖRR see Varr-Ási
ÞOR see Ásþór
ÞRUÐ see Ásþrúður

First Element Forms

Ans- Ansu- *Ansu-
As- Ás- *Ás- Ása-
Ast- Ást-
Es- Ess-
Est-
Ís-
Jast-
Os- Ós-
Ost-
Ot-
Sás-
Us-
Års-
Ås- Aas-
Åst-
Åt-
Äs- Æs- Ǣs-
Ǣst-
Ǫs-

Last Element Forms

-Ási

Further Information

Names beginning with Ast-, Ást-, Est-, Ost-, Åst- are sometimes believed to be related to the Old Norse word ást = 'love, affection' (see AST) instead, but a connection is very unlikely [6] [3]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Kristoffer Kruken og Ola Stemshaug: Norsk Personnamnleksikon (1995)
  2. 2.0 2.1 Rudolf Simek: Dictionary of Northern Mythology (1993)
  3. 3.0 3.1 Roland Otterbjörk: Svenska förnamn (1979)
  4. Per Vikstrand: Förkristna sakrala personnamn i Skandinavien (Studia anthroponymica Scandinavica 27 (2009), 5–31)
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 Wilfried Seibicke: Historisches Deutsches Vornamenbuch (Band 1-4)
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 Lena Peterson: Nordiskt runnamnslexikon (2002)
  7. Eva Brylla: Förnamn i Sverige (2004)
  8. 8.0 8.1 Inger Lautin (Red.): Hva skal barnet hete? (1993)
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 Wilhelm Schlaug: Die altsächsischen Personennamen vor dem Jahre 1000 (1962)
  10. Wilhelm Schlaug: Studien zu den altsächsischen Personennamen des 11. und 12. Jahrhunderts (1955)
  11. Patrick Hanks and Flavia Hodges: Oxford Dictionary of First Names (2003)