MEY

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Origin and Meaning

New name element

Ancient Germanic

*magu- = 'young man', 'servant' (male) [1]
*magwî = 'young woman', 'servant' (female) [1]
*mawî = 'young woma'n, 'servant' (female) [1]

Old Norse

mǣ-r = 'girl', 'daughter', 'nun' [2]
mǣr = 'little girl', 'virgin', 'unmarried girl' [1]
mær = 'daughter' [3]
mėyja = 'girl' (from the genitive case of mǣ-r, which is mėyjar) [2]
mėy = 'girl' (short form of mėyja) [2]

Gothic

mawi = 'girl', 'daughter', 'nun' [2]
magaþ-s = 'maid', 'virgin' [2]

Old Danish

mā-r = 'girl', 'daughter', 'nun' [2]
már = 'little girl', 'virgin', 'unmarried girl' [4]
maar = 'little girl', 'virgin', 'unmarried girl' [1]

Old Swedish

= 'maid' [3]

Old High German

magad = 'maid', 'virgin' [2]
magatīn = 'maiden' [2]

Old Saxon

magað = 'maid', 'virgin' [2]

Old Frisian

mėgith = 'maid', 'virgin' [2]
meiden = 'maiden' [2]

Old English

mæġ = 'woman', 'mother', 'virgin' [2]
mæġeð = 'maid', 'virgin' [2]
mæġden = 'maiden' [2]

Related Names

See Mær

Combinations

Name
Element    
Example
ALF see Álfmey
AR see Ármey
BJÖRT see Bjartmey
DAG see Dagmár
FRID see Friðmey
FRÍÐ see Møyfrid
GUD see Guðmey
IS see Ísmey
KRIST see Kristmar
PAUL see Pálmey
SIG see Sigurmey
SKJÖLD see Skjaldmey
SOL see Salmøy
VAL see Valmøy
VESLE see Veslemøy
VILL see Villimey

First Element Forms

Møy-

Last Element Forms

-mar -már -mara -mari
-me -mei -mey
-mi
-mor
-moy
-møy
-mær

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Hjalmar Falk & Alf Torp: Etymologisk ordbok over det norske og det danske sprog (1999)
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 2.13 Ferdinand Holthausen: Vergleichendes und Etymologisches Wörterbuch des Altwestnordischen (1948)
  3. 3.0 3.1 Elias Wessén: Våra ord (1997)
  4. Kristoffer Kruken og Ola Stemshaug: Norsk Personnamnleksikon (1995)