GEIR

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Name Element


Origin and Meaning

Germanic name element

See also HER and JER

Ancient Germanic

*ʒaiRaR = 'spear' [1]
*ʒaiRaz = 'spear' [2]
*ʒaiRa- = 'spear' [2]
*gaiza = 'spear' (with iron head), (pointed) 'staff' [3]
*gaira = 'spear' (with iron head), (pointed) 'staff' [3]

Proto-Norse

-gaiRaR = 'spear' [4]
*gaizaz = 'spear' [5]

Old Norse

geirr = 'spear' [6] [7] [1] [4] [2] [8]

Gothic

*gails = 'spear' [3] [2]
*gail-s = 'spear' [9]

Old Swedish

gēr = 'spear' [1]

Old Saxon

gêr = 'spear' [10] [3]
gēr = 'spear' [2]

Old High German

gêr = 'spear' [3]
gēr = 'spear' [11]

Related Names

See Gela, Gerke, Gero, Gerry, Gesa, Gilli, GæiRR, Jerina

Combinations

Name
Element    
Example
ADAL see Adalger (German) and Æðelgár (English)
AGI see ÁgæiRR
AI see *Aiwigaizaz
ALD see Aldger (German)
ALF see GæiRalfR and *Albigaizaz
ALM see Álmgeirr
ANA see *AnagæiRR and Geirǫnul
ANU see *Anu-ʒaiRaR
AR see Árgeir
ARN see Arngeirr
AS see ÁsgæiRR (Norse) and Ansgar (German)
AUD see AuðgæiRR (Norse) and Eadgar (English)
BALD see Gerbald (German)
BEN see Bengeirr
BJÖRN see GæiRbiǫrn and BiarngæiRR
BOD see Bodhger
BORG see BorggæiRR and Gerburg (German)
BOT see BótgæiRR
BRAND see Geirbrandur
BRYN see Bryngeir
DAG see Daggeir
DIARF see GæiRdiarfR
DIS see Geirdís
DYR see DiúrgæiRR
EGG see ÁgæiRR
EIN see ÆingæiRR
ELL see Elgar
EY see ØygæiRR
FAL see Falgeirr
FANN see Fanngeir
FAST see GæiRfastr and FastgæiRR
FINN see Finngeirr and Geirfinnr
FJALL see Fjallgeirr (Norse)
FOLK see FolkgæiRR (Norse)
FREJ see FrøygæiRR (Norse)
FRID see Gæirreðr (Norse) and Gerfried (German) and FriðgæiRR (Norse)
FRÍÐ see GæiRfríðr (Norse)
GUD see Guðgeir
GUNN see Gunngeir
HAD see Geirahǫð
HALL see Hallgeirr
HARD see Gerhard and HarðgæiRR
HEÐIN see HeðingæiRR
HEIL see HæilgæiRR
HER see Hergeirr
HILD see GæiRhildr (Norse) and Gerhild (German) and Hildigeir (Norse)
HJALM see GæiRhialmR and HialmgæiRR
HOLM see HolmgæiRR
HILD see GæiRhildr
HJÖRT see Geirhjörtur (Norse)
HROD see HróðgæiRR (Norse) and Hruodgêr (German) and Hrōðgār (English)
HULD see Gerhold (German)
HUN see Húngeirr (Norse)
HVAT see GæiRhvatr (Norse) and Hvatarr (Norse)
IGUL see ÍgulgæiRR (Norse)
ING see IngigæiRR (Norse)
IS see Ísgeir (Norse)
JAR see IargæiRR (Norse)
JARN see Járngeir (Norse)
see IógæiRR (Norse)
JÓÐ see Jóðgeirr (Norse)
JON see Jóngeirr (Norse)
KETILL see Kättilger (Norse)
KRIST see Kristgeir (Norse)
LAK see Gerlach (German)
LAUG see GæiRlaug (Norse)
LEIF see GæiRlæifR (Norse)
LEIK see GæiRlakR (Norse) and Gerlach (German)
LIN see Gerline (German)
LIND see Gerlind (German)
LÖD see Geirlöð (Norse)
MAGN see Magngeir (Norse)
MAL see Málgeir (Norse)
MAR see GæiRmarr (Norse) and Germar (German)
MARR see Margeir (Norse)
MOD see GæiRmóðr (Norse) and Modgeir (Norse)
MUN see MungæiRR (Norse)
MUND see GæiRmundr (Norse) and MundgæiRR (Norse)
NEF see NæfgæiRR (Norse)
NIUT see GæiRniútr (Norse)
NOT see Gernot (German)
NY see Geirný (Norse)
ODD see Oddgeirr (Norse) and Geirodd (Norse)
ORM see OrmgæiRR (Norse)
RAD see Ráðgeirr (Norse)
RIK see Geirrekr (Norse)
RUN see Geirrún (Norse)
SE see SǽgæiRR (Norse)
SIG see SiggæiRR (Norse)
SKOR see Skorargeirr (Norse)
Skǫgul see Geirskǫgul (Norse)
SOL see Salgeir (Norse)
STEIN see Geirsteinn (Norse) and Steinarr (Norse)
STYR see Styrger (Norse)
SVAN see Svangeir (Norse)
SVART see *SvartgæiRR (Norse)
SVEIN see SvæingæiRR (Norse)
TRYGG see Geirtryggur (Norse)
ULF see GæiRulfR (Norse) and Gerolf (German) and UlfgæiRR (Norse) and Wolfger (German)
UNN see GæiRunnr (Norse)
VAL see Valgeir (Norse) and Gerlach (German)
VALD see Geirvaldr (Norse) and Gerwald (German)
VAR see GæiRvarr (Norse) and Guilvira (Gothic)
VERR see Virgar (Norse)
VERS see Guilvira (Gothic)
VEST see Vestgeirr (Norse)
VI see VígæiRR (Norse) and GæiRví (Norse)
VID see GæiRviðr (Norse)
VILD see Geirvild (Norse)
VILL see Vilgeirr (Norse) and Williger (German)
VIN see Gerwin (German)
VÖR see GæiRvǫr (Norse)
ÖL see Geirǫlul (Norse)
ÞING see Thingger (Norse)
ÞJOÐ see ÞiúðgæiRR (Norse)
ÞJOF see Geirþjófr (Norse)
ÞOR see ÞórgæiRR (Norse) and Geirþórr (Norse)
ÞORN see Gerthorn (Norse)
ÞRAS see Þrasarr (Norse)
ÞRUÐ see Gertrud (German)

See also Birgir, Geirdriful, Gervasius

First Element Forms

Gar- Gari-
Geir- Geira- Geirr-
Ger-
Gier-
Gill-
Giær-
Gjer-
Gjør-
Guil-
Gæir- GæiR-
Gör- Gør-
Hjer-
Jar- Jer- Jør-

Last Element Forms

-a -ar -arr
-er
-gaizaz
-gar -gár -gār -gard -garius
-ge -geir -geira -geirr -ger -gêr -gert -gerus -gher
-gier -gierd -gir
-gæiRR
-je
-kar -ke -ker -keri -kert

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Roland Otterbjörk: Svenska förnamn (1979)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Eva Brylla: Förnamn i Sverige (2004)
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Wilfried Seibicke: Historisches Deutsches Vornamenbuch (Band 1-4)
  4. 4.0 4.1 Kristoffer Kruken og Ola Stemshaug: Norsk Personnamnleksikon (1995)
  5. Per Vikstrand: Förkristna sakrala personnamn i Skandinavien (Studia anthroponymica Scandinavica 27 (2009), 5–31)
  6. Leiv Heggstad, Finn Hødnebø og Erik Simensen: Norrøn Ordbok (1997)
  7. Lena Peterson: Nordiskt runnamnslexikon (2002)
  8. Inger Lautin (Red.): Hva skal barnet hete? (1993)
  9. Ferdinand Holthausen: Gotisches etymologisches Wörterbuch (1934)
  10. Wilhelm Schlaug: Die altsächsischen Personennamen vor dem Jahre 1000 (1962)
  11. Rosa und Volker Kohlheim: Duden Das große Vornamenlexikon (2007)