GUD

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Name Element


Origin and Meaning

Germanic name element with two different meanings: (1) 'god' and (2) 'good' which are impossible to distinguish.

Sometimes, a connection to the name element GUNN is suggested [1]

Ancient Germanic

(1) *guthan = 'that which is invoked' [1]
(1) *guða = 'god', 'deity', 'devine being' [2] [3]
(2) *gôda- = 'good' [4]

Proto-Norse

(2) gōda- = 'good' (?) [5]

Old Norse

(1) guðr = 'god' [2]
(1) goðr = 'god' [2]
(1) goð = 'gods' [1]
(1) goð = 'god', 'deity', 'devine being' [3]
(1) guð = 'gods' [1]
(1) guð = 'god', 'deity', 'devine being' [3]
(2) góðr = 'good' [2]

Gothic

(1) guth = 'god' [4]

Old Swedish

(1) gudh = 'god' [6]

Swedish

(1) gud = 'god'
(2) god = 'good'
(2) gott = 'good'

Old Saxon

(1) god = 'god' [7] [4]
(2) gôd = 'good' [7]

Old High German

(1) got = 'god' [4]

Old English

(1) god = 'god' [8]

Related Names

See Guði (1) and Góði (2) and Goda (2) and Gógó (2) and Gotte and Götz

Combinations

Name
Element    
Example
ALF see GuðælfR
AUD see Auðguðr
BJÖRN see Guðbiǫrn
BJÖRT see Guðbjört
BORG see Guðbjǫrg
BRAND see Guðbrandr
DIARF see GuðdiarfR
DIS see Guðdís
EY see Gulløy
FAST see Guðfastr
FINN see Guðfinnr
FRID see Godafrid (German)
FRÍÐ see Guðfríðr
GEIR see Guðgeir
GERD see Gudhgärdh
GEST see Goðgestr
GJAF see Godgifu (English)
HARD see Godahard (German)
HULD see Gotthold (German)
HVAT see Gudhhvat
JON see Guðjón
LAUG see Guðlaug
LEIF see GuðlæifR (Norse) and Goteleib (German)
LEIK see Guðleikr
LÍN see Guðlín
LJUF see Gottlieb (German)
MAND see Gudmanda
MAR see Guðmarr (Norse) and Gottmar (German)
MEY see Guðmey
MOD see Guðmóðr
MUND see Guðmundr
NIUT see Guðniútr
NY see Guðný
ORM see *Goð-ormR
RAD see Guðráður
RIK see GuðríkR (Norse) and Godric (English)
RIN see Guðrin
RUN see Guðrún
SKALK see Gottschalk (German)
STEIN see Guðstæinn
SVEIN see Gottsveinn
ULF see GuðulfR
UNN see Gudunn
VALD see Gudhvald (Norse) and Gottwald (German)
VAR see Guðvarr
VARD see Guðvarðr
VEIG see Guðveig
VER see GuðvéR
VI see Guðví or Víguðr
VIN see Godwine (English)
VILL see Willgott
VÖR see Guðvǫr
ÖL see Alugōdaz
ÞOR see Guðþór
ÞORM see Guðþormr
ÞORN see Guðþorn

See also Gottlob (German)

First Element Forms

Gau- Giö- Gjö- Gjø-
Go- God- Goð- Goda- Gode- Godt- Gol- Got- Gott-
Gu- Gud- Guð- *Guð- Gude- Gudh-
Gul- Guld- Gull- Gulle-
Gut- Guth-
Gvø- Gwø- Gvøð-
Gy- Gý- Gyð-
Gå-
Gö- Göd- Göde-
Jø-
Kot- Ku- Kul-
Ky-

Last Element Forms

-gōdaz
-godt
-gōdu
-got -goth -gott
-guðr
-gull

Further Information

In new combinations, the name elements with L (Gul-, Gull-, Gulle-, -gull) are usually interpreted as 'gold' (see GULL) [1]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Kristoffer Kruken og Ola Stemshaug: Norsk Personnamnleksikon (1995)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Lena Peterson: Nordiskt runnamnslexikon (2002)
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Eva Brylla: Förnamn i Sverige (2004)
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Wilfried Seibicke: Historisches Deutsches Vornamenbuch (Band 1-4)
  5. Per Vikstrand: Förkristna sakrala personnamn i Skandinavien (Studia anthroponymica Scandinavica 27 (2009), 5–31)
  6. Roland Otterbjörk: Svenska förnamn (1979)
  7. 7.0 7.1 Wilhelm Schlaug: Die altsächsischen Personennamen vor dem Jahre 1000 (1962)
  8. Patrick Hanks and Flavia Hodges: Oxford Dictionary of First Names (2003)