BIF

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Name Element


Origin and Meaning

Germanic name element (see also BIFA)

Old Norse

bif = 'movement', 'air', 'water' [1]
bif- = 'to quake' [2]
bifa = 'to shake', 'to tremble' [3] [4]
bīfa = 'tremble', 'shake', 'quake' [4]
bifast = 'to shake', 'to tremble', 'to fear', 'to move' [5]
bifast = 'to shake', 'to tremble', 'to move' [3]

Old High German

bība = 'tremble', 'shake', 'quake' [4]
biben = 'to shake', 'to tremble' [1]

Old Frisian

bevia = 'to shake', 'to tremble' [4]
bivia = 'to shake', 'to tremble' [4]

Old Saxon

biƀōn = 'to shake', 'to tremble' [4]
bivon = 'to shake', 'to tremble' [1]

Anglo-Saxon

beofan = 'to shake', 'to tremble' [5]
beofjan = 'to shake', to tremble' [1]

Old English

bifian = 'to shake', 'to tremble' [4]
bīfian = 'tremble', 'shake', 'quake' [4]

Middle High German

bīben = 'tremble', 'shake', 'quake' [4]

German

beben = 'to shake', 'to tremble' [5]

Combinations

Name
Element    
Example
LID see Bifliði (Norse)
LIND see Biflindi (Norse)

First Element Forms

Bib-
Bif-

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Dr. Ernst Förstemann: Altdeutsches namenbuch (1856)
  2. Rudolf Simek: Dictionary of Northern Mythology (1993)
  3. 3.0 3.1 Leiv Heggstad, Finn Hødnebø og Erik Simensen: Norrøn Ordbok (1997)
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 4.7 4.8 Ferdinand Holthausen: Vergleichendes und Etymologisches Wörterbuch des Altwestnordischen (1948)
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Richard Cleasby, Gudbrand Vigfusson: An Icelandic-English Dictionary (1874)