ÞERN

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Name Element

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Origin and Meaning

Common tern with fish.jpg
Common Tern
Image by Joby Joseph,[1]
licensed under Creative Commons

Germanic name element, sometimes believed to be related to Old Norse þerna = 'tern', 'sea swallow (bird)' instead

Ancient Germanic

*þewerno = 'virgin', 'maid' [2]

Old High German

thiorna = 'virgin', 'maid' [2]

Middle High German

dierne = 'virgin', 'maid' [2]

Middle Low German

dērne = 'virgin', 'maid' [2]
dêrne = 'virgin', 'maid' [3]

Old Norse

þerna = 'maid-servant' [4] [5] [3]
þērna = 'maid-servant' [6]

Old Swedish

thærna = 'maid-servant' [3]

Swedish

tärna = 'girl', 'maid' [2] [3]

Low German

Deern = 'virgin', 'maid' [2]

Related Names

See Terna

Combinations

Name
Element    
Example
KOL see Kolþerna

Last Element Forms

-terna
-þerna

References

  1. Wikimedia Commons: Image by Joby Joseph, source & license
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 Günther Drosdowski: Duden Etymologie - Herkunftswörterbuch der deutschen Sprache (1997)
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Elias Wessén: Våra ord (1997)
  4. Leiv Heggstad, Finn Hødnebø og Erik Simensen: Norrøn Ordbok (1997)
  5. Richard Cleasby, Gudbrand Vigfusson: An Icelandic-English Dictionary (1874)
  6. Ferdinand Holthausen: Vergleichendes und Etymologisches Wörterbuch des Altwestnordischen (1948)