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needs cleanup -- at present, Anglo-Saxon and Common Germanic forms are jumbled together. --dab (𒁳) 18:04, 28 August 2007 (UTC)

Perhaps it would be appropriate to create a table with equivalent Anglo-Saxon/German/Frankish/etc forms Deaþe gecweald 16:43, 6 November 2007 (UTC)

yes. I think we need to collect a fair amount of material first, and then decide on how to best present it in tabular form. dab (𒁳) 12:02, 23 March 2008 (UTC)
Could possibly be sorted by origin, though, such as religious Thor-, -dis etc. and other, sych as -björn. 惑乱 分からん * \)/ (\ (< \) (2 /) /)/ * (talk) 22:11, 26 April 2008 (UTC)
this won't work, because there isn't anything like a strict boundary between religious and non-religious sememes. --dab (𒁳) 15:20, 23 October 2009 (UTC)

I don't think that "Germanic name" is an appropriate title for this. "Germanic" would seem to apply to names used throughout the Germanic language families, including contemporary English, German, Dutch, etc. If I'm not mistaken these are all from Medieval languages. 02:30, 7 November 2009 (UTC)

towards completeness[edit]

It's time to begin collecting name elements in a systematic manner. Fortunately, we have this now, even with OCR, so it's really just a matter of working through the material. The full list of names extends to 700 pages, so we won't be able to complete this anytime soon. The article should aim at collecting all full list of elements, stating for each if it occurs initially, finally or both. --dab (𒁳) 15:20, 23 October 2009 (UTC)

  • A
ab, af, av, eb, ep; goth. aba "vir"; [1]
abar, avar, aver; goth abrs "validus"; 
act, eht, oht
adra [1]
ag, agi, egi, ac, ec, ek
agil, aegil, egil
agin, egin
agir, agri, agr
agis, egis, ais, eis; goth agis "phobos"
ala; goth. alls "omnis"
alah; ahd. alah "templum"
ald; goth. alds "vetus"
alf, alb
ali ale ele eil
alian ellan; goth. aljan "strength"
alis als elis helis
amal [1]
aman emin 
ang angan
angil, ingil, engel, engil
ans as os
ara arin; "aquila"
arb, erb "hereditas"
athal, adal, edel
aud, od, uot, ead "wealth"
aus / aust aur, austar, ost, austro 
aw, av, ouw, auw
az, ez


Ælfwaru from Ælf- and -waru (singular; -wara plural)

  • Ælf—Elf or magical being
  • waru—guardian of (a particular place) by profession

Reference:Oxford English Dictionary:affix Elf- (OE) Ælf- and suffix -ware (OE) -waru, Oxford University Press, 2010 --Senra (talk) 21:39, 1 July 2010 (UTC)

Cut from article[edit]

The article needs cleanup anyway, but so far these elements are unsubstantiated and need examples:

  • ceol - keel, ship
  • eald - old
  • earn - eagle/erne
  • fri - free
  • gold - gold
  • heah - illustrious
  • hreþ - victory
  • iaru - prepared
  • raþ - clever
  • sax - sword
  • beorn - bear, warrior
  • hun - young bear
  • lid - gentle
  • swinþ - strength
  • walh - foreign
  • waru (singular; wara plural) - guardian of (a particular place) by profession

--dab (𒁳) 08:36, 12 December 2011 (UTC)

Trying to make the article more comprehensive, but the topic is vast. Förstemann alone has probably more than 50,000 unique entries, and these are just the names from medieval Germany, and many of them do not have a clear etymology at all. Perhaps the article should focus on dithematic names with unambiguous etymologies. Even these will be in the thousands, many thousands if spelling variants are to be taken into account. So far this article isn't really going anywhere, being as it is just a random selection. --dab (𒁳) 09:06, 13 December 2011 (UTC)


As examples on the element Laf I belive Lefir/Leif and Elof/Elef should be added

Joeldaalv (talk) 16:36, 8 September 2012 (UTC)

Abbreviations f. and a.[edit]

The abbreviations f. and a. are not explained in the article, nor are they standard in Wikipedia. Equally important for me, I don't know what they mean in this context. I suggest either using the full words or at least providing a key. Thanks, SchreiberBike talk 19:30, 31 August 2013 (UTC)

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Table in the Italian version of the article[edit]

Please look at the table in the Italian version of the articl. It is better structured than the English one, dividing the examples between those who have the element as a prefix and those have it as a suffix.-- (talk) 15:33, 8 June 2018 (UTC)

The entire article is also better written and better sourced. I think that it should be translated.-- (talk) 15:35, 8 June 2018 (UTC)