GAIL

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Name Element


Origin and Meaning

Germanic name element

Ancient Germanic

*gail- = 'wanton', 'frolic', 'funny', 'carefree', 'lustful' [1]

Old Norse

gėilig-r = 'beautiful' [2]
gei-ligr = 'fine', 'beautiful' [3]

Gothic

gails = 'wanton', 'frolic', 'funny', 'carefree', 'lustful' [1]
*gails = verbal adjective of gailjan [1] [4]
gailjan = 'to delight', 'to gladden' [2] [1] [4]

Old High German

geil = 'wanton', 'frolic', 'funny', 'carefree', 'lustful' [1]
gėil = 'wanton', 'frolic', 'funny', 'carefree', 'lustful' [2]

Middle High German

gėilen = 'to delight', 'to gladden' [2]

Middle Low German

gēl = 'wanton', 'frolic', 'funny', 'carefree', 'lustful' [2]

Old Saxon

gêl = 'wanton', 'frolic', 'funny', 'carefree', 'lustful' [1]

Anglo-Saxon

gâl = 'wanton', 'frolic', 'funny', 'carefree', 'lustful' [1]

Old English

gāl = 'wanton', 'frolic', 'funny', 'carefree', 'lustful' [2]

Related Names

See Gela

Combinations

Name
Element    
Example
VAR see Guilvira
VERS see Guilvira

First Element Forms

Gill- Guil-

Last Element Forms

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Wilfried Seibicke: Historisches Deutsches Vornamenbuch (Band 1-4)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 Ferdinand Holthausen: Gotisches etymologisches Wörterbuch (1934)
  3. Geir T. Zoëga: A Concise Dictionary of Old Icelandic (1910)
  4. 4.0 4.1 Eva Brylla: Förnamn i Sverige (2004)