GJAF

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Name Element

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Origin and Meaning

Germanic name element

Ancient Germanic

*gebo- = 'gift' [1]
*Geƀa- = 'giving', 'to give' [2]

Gothic

giba = 'gift' [3] [4]
giban = 'to give' [4]

Old Norse

gjǫf = 'gift' [5] [3] [2]
gjaf- = 'gift' [5] [6]
gefa = 'to give' [4]

Old Swedish

gava = 'gift' (from Middle Low German, see below) [7]

Swedish

gåva = 'gift' [7]

Old Saxon

geƀa = 'gift' [3] [4]
geva = 'gift' [1]
geƀan = 'to give' [4]

Anglo-Saxon

gift = 'gift' [3] [4]
gifu = 'gift' [1]

Old High German

geba = 'gift' [1] [3] [4] [8]
geban = 'to give' [4]

Old Frisian

jeva = 'to give' [4]

Middle High German

gābe = 'gift' [9]

Middle Low German

gāve = 'gift' [9]
gâve = 'gift' [7]

Old English

ġiefu = 'gift' [3] [4]
ġiefan = 'to give' [4]

Related Names

See Gabilo and *Giƀuka and Gåva

Combinations

Name
Element    
Example
ALF see Ælfgifu (English)
BJÖRT see Brihtgifu (English)
GUD see Godgifu (English)
HARD see Gebhard (German)
HER see *Geƀaharjiz
LAUG see Gjaflaug
MORG see Morgongåva
SIGN see Signuva
SUNN see Sunngifu (English)
ULF see GefulfR
VALD see Gjafvaldr
VARD see Gjafvarðr

First Element Forms

Ge- Geb- *Geƀa-
Gef- Gefi-
Giaf- Gif-
Gjaf- Gjav-
Gjev-

Last Element Forms

-efa -ev -eva -eve -evi
-gifu
-gåva
-ifa -ífa
-iuæ
-iva -íva
-uva
-øv -öve -øve

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Wilfried Seibicke: Historisches Deutsches Vornamenbuch (Band 1-4)
  2. 2.0 2.1 Lena Peterson: Nordiskt runnamnslexikon (2002)
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 Ferdinand Holthausen: Gotisches etymologisches Wörterbuch (1934)
  4. 4.00 4.01 4.02 4.03 4.04 4.05 4.06 4.07 4.08 4.09 4.10 Ferdinand Holthausen: Vergleichendes und Etymologisches Wörterbuch des Altwestnordischen (1948)
  5. 5.0 5.1 Leiv Heggstad, Finn Hødnebø og Erik Simensen: Norrøn Ordbok (1997)
  6. Kristoffer Kruken og Ola Stemshaug: Norsk Personnamnleksikon (1995)
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Elias Wessén: Våra ord (1997)
  8. Rosa und Volker Kohlheim: Duden Das große Vornamenlexikon (2007)
  9. 9.0 9.1 Günther Drosdowski: Duden Etymologie - Herkunftswörterbuch der deutschen Sprache (1997)