VAR

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Origin and Meaning

Germanic name element

The female equivalent name element is VÖR

In some combinations, the name element might be just a variant of VARD or be taken from other names ending with -var, where the V originally belongs to the first name element (which means the last element is really HER). [1] [2] [3] [4]

It might be related to Old High German wàr, wàri, Old Saxon wâr = 'true' [4]

See also WARN

Ancient Germanic

*wara- = 'alert', 'wary' [3]
*waraz- = 'defender', 'protector' [5]
-wari = 'warrior' [3]
*wariaR = 'warrior' [3]
*warijaR = 'defender' [3]
*warjan = 'to protect' [1] [6] [5] [7]
*warjaz = 'defender', 'protector' [5] [7]
*warōn = 'alert', 'wary' [1] [6] [5]

Proto-Norse

*-warjan = 'to defend', 'to protect' [7]
*-warjaR = 'defender' [2] [8] [9]
*-warjaz = 'defender', 'protector' [7]

Old Norse

varinn = 'watchful', 'alert'; 'careful', 'cautious'; 'faithful', 'loyal' [10]
varr = 'attentive' [11] [1]
varr = 'attentive', 'shy', 'aware', 'wise' [12]
verja = 'to defend', 'protect' [1] [7]
verja = 'to defend' [13]
vǫrr = 'careful' [14]

Gothic

war = 'attentive', 'shy', 'aware', 'wise' [12]
wars = 'alert', 'wary' [15] [3]
-ṷara = 'defender', 'protector' [8]

Old High German

giwar = 'attentive', 'shy', 'aware', 'wise' [12]
warnôn = 'to watch out', 'to be careful' [16]

Old English

gewær = 'attentive', 'careful', 'ready' [15]
wær = 'attentive', 'careful', 'ready' [15]
wær = 'attentive', 'shy', 'aware', 'wise' [12]

Related Names

See Varr and Verna, Werneke

Combinations

Name
Element    
Example
AGI see *Agvarr
ALA see Alvaro
AS see Var-Ási and Ásvar
AST see Ástvar
BEIÐ see Bidawarjaz
BIÐ see Bidawarjaz
BÍÐ see Bīdawarjaz
BIND see Bindawarjaz
E see Evar
EI see Eivar
EY see Eyvar
FJALL see *Felzawarjaz (Norse)
FJÖL see Fiǫlvarr (Norse)
FOLK see *Fulkawarjaz (Norse)
FREJ see *Fraujawaru (Norse) and Frēawaru (English)
GAIL see Guilvira
GEIR see GæiRvarr (Norse) and Gerwer (German) and Guilvira (Gothic)
GUD see Guðvarr
GUNN see Gunnvarr
HA see Havar
HEIM see *Haimawarjaz (Norse)
HER see Warinheri (German) and Hervar
HJALM see *Helmawarjaz (Norse) and Helmwar (German)
HJÖR see Hjörvar
HJÖRT see Hjartvar
HREID see *Hraiþwarjaz
HROD see *Hrōþiwarjaz (Norse) and Hruodwar (German)
see Jovar
JON see Jonvar
KETILL see Kjellvar
KRIST see Kristvar
LAND see Landawarjaz (Norse) and Lantwari (German)
LYD see *Leudiwarjaz (Norse)
MAGN see Magnvar
MAR see Varmar
MYRK see Myrkvar
NIL see Nilvar
ODD see Uddvarr
OL see Olvar
RAGN see Ragnvar
RAND see Randver
SE see Sǽvarr
SIG see *Sigi-waruR
SKIP see *Skipa-warjaR
SOL see Sǫlvarr
STEIN see *StainawarijaR
SUNN see Sunnvar
TEIN see Teinar
UNN see Unnvar
VAGN see Vagnar
VIK see *Wīkuwarjaz
ÞING see Thingvar
ÞJOÐ see Þiúðvarr
ÞOR see Þórarinn and Þorvar
Ørlygr see Ǫrvar

First Element Forms

Var-
Warin-
Venn-
Veer- Ver- Wer-
Veern- Vern- Wern-
Vänn-
Vær-
Värn- Väärn-

Last Element Forms

-a -ar -arin -arinn -arna -arr
-er
-var -war
-wara
-wari
-warijaR
-warjaz
-varo
-varr
-waru -waruR (?)
-ver -wer
-vi
-viira -vir -vira -vire
-vy
-vurr (?)

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Lena Peterson: Nordiskt runnamnslexikon (2007)
  2. 2.0 2.1 Kristoffer Kruken og Ola Stemshaug: Norsk Personnamnleksikon (1995)
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 Roland Otterbjörk: Svenska förnamn (1979)
  4. 4.0 4.1 Dr. Ernst Förstemann: Altdeutsches namenbuch (1856)
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Eva Brylla: Förnamn i Sverige (2004)
  6. 6.0 6.1 Per Vikstrand: Förkristna sakrala personnamn i Skandinavien (Studia anthroponymica Scandinavica 27 (2009), 5–31)
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 Lena Peterson: Lexikon över urnordiska personnamn (2004)
  8. 8.0 8.1 Guðrún Kvaran: Nöfn Íslendinga (2011)
  9. Kristian Hald: Personnavne i Danmark - Oldtiden (1971)
  10. Árni Dahl: Navnabókin (2005)
  11. Leiv Heggstad, Finn Hødnebø og Erik Simensen: Norrøn Ordbok (1997)
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 Ferdinand Holthausen: Vergleichendes und Etymologisches Wörterbuch des Altwestnordischen (1948)
  13. Geir T. Zoëga: A Concise Dictionary of Old Icelandic (1910)
  14. Rudolf Simek: Dictionary of Northern Mythology (1993)
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 Günther Drosdowski: Duden Etymologie - Herkunftswörterbuch der deutschen Sprache (1997)
  16. Wilfried Seibicke: Historisches Deutsches Vornamenbuch (Band 1-4)