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Gender Feminine
Other Forms FormsEyia

Meaning & History

Old Norse name of obscure origin, possibly from Proto-Norse *auja "good fortune, gift, (luck) giver" or *aiwa "always".
This also coincides with the Icelandic word eyja meaning "island", from Old Icelandic ey (which 'is also used as a poetic circumlocution for "woman", and in poetical diction ey is personified as a goddess, the sea being her girdle, the glaciers her headgear').
However, according to the Cleasby-Vigfússon dictionary, while -ey (as in Bjargey, Laufey, Þórey) could be connected to the Old Icelandic word ey "island", this name element comes from a different source when it appears in the first position (as Ey- or, before a vowel, Eyj-).
Added 9/22/2011 by Jarl
Edited 2/12/2016 by SeaHorse15 and Frollein Gladys