ENGEL

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Name Element


Origin and Meaning

Germanic name element

The original meaning of this name element is 'Angle, member of the Germanic people of the Angles'. They took their name from their region of origin, Angeln in Schleswig-Holstein (northern Germany). [1] [2]

The place name probably refers to the region's 'angular' contours or outline. Another theory is, that it derives from the 'angled' shape of the hooks used by fishermen ('anglers') there. [3]

It has early been associated with the modern word engel (Danish, Norwegian, German), ängel (Swedish) = 'angel' [1] [2]

Proto-Norse

*anʒilaR = 'hook for fishing' [4]

Old Norse

ǫngul-l = 'hook for fishing' [5]

Old High German

angul = 'hook for fishing', 'peak' [2] [5]

Old Saxon

engil = 'Angle' [6]
angul = 'hook for fishing', 'peak' [5]

Related Names

See Angel, Engel, Enkka, Ingela and Ǫngull

Combinations

Name
Element    
Example
BJÖRT see Engilberht (German)
BORG see Engelburg (German)
FRID see Engelfried (German)
FROST see Frostängla (Norse)
GERD see Engelgard (German)
HARD see Engelhard (German)
JON see Engiljón (Norse)
RAD see Engilráð (Norse)
ROS see Engilrós (Norse)

First Element Forms

Angil-
Em-
Enge- Engel- Engil-
Enkel-
Ing- Inge- Ingil-

Last Element Forms

-ängla

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Rosa und Volker Kohlheim: Duden Lexikon der Vornamen (1998)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Friedrich Wilhelm Weitershaus: Das große Vornamenlexikon (1998)
  3. Adrian Room: Brewer's Dictionary of Names (1992)
  4. Lena Peterson: Nordiskt runnamnslexikon (2002)
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Ferdinand Holthausen: Vergleichendes und Etymologisches Wörterbuch des Altwestnordischen (1948)
  6. Wilhelm Schlaug: Die altsächsischen Personennamen vor dem Jahre 1000 (1962)