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Subject: Re: Ansgar, Ansgard, Asgard
Author: Anneza   (Authenticated as Anneza)
Date: May 15, 2007 at 11:02:04 PM
Reply to: Ansgar, Ansgard, Asgard by Minikui
Wikipedia says:

germanisch ans- -> Gott -gard -> Schutz

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* weiblich: Asgard
* männlich: Ansgar

So Ansgar is the masculine form, Asgard the feminine, and they both mean God + protection. I don't know if the German version of Wiki is as demented on the topic of name meanings as the English, but this seems sane enough!

Asgard, however, as far as I know is the place where the Norse gods lived, so it's originally an address, not a name. I'd always connected it, rather vaguely, with the great World Ash tree so it would be something like Ash(tree) protection. But I'm no Norse scholar!

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