GJAF

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Name Element


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 Gjafarr
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- 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)