The Germanic for "ancestor" is ano
, which obviously doesn't seem to have much connection to Aveling.
I think Aveling's more likely to have derived from Germanic av
(its meaning is unknown, and just became popularly with Latin avis
"bird" in the Middle Ages). It may have originated from Avis
, then Avila
, and perhaps then Aveline
The Old English suffix -ing
means "descended from", "belonging to"—as in the surname Ætheling, which is usually interpreted as "son of the king" but would literally mean "descended from the noble".
So, my guess is that Aveling means "descendant of Avis
", possibly with the intended meaning of "son of Avis
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