Fergus

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EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

PIE root
*ǵews-

From Irish or Scottish Gaelic Fearghas. The first element may be related to modern fìor ‎(true) or fear ‎(man) (cf. Fearchar). The second element has been understood to mean 'choice' (cf. Angus). Thus the name means either "most chosen one" or "chosen man".[1]

PronunciationEdit

Proper nounEdit

Fergus

  1. A male given name.
  2. A patronymic surname​.

Related termsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Alexander Macbain, Etymology of the principal Gaelic national names, personal names, surnames to which is added a disquisition on Ptolemy's Geography of Scotland, 1911, p. 14.

Old IrishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From fer ‎(man) +‎ guss ‎(vigour), which is from Proto-Celtic *gustus ‎(choice), from Proto-Indo-European *ǵéwstus.

PronunciationEdit

Proper nounEdit

Fergus m ‎(genitive Fergusso)

  1. A male given name

DescendantsEdit

MutationEdit

Old Irish mutation
Radical Lenition Nasalization
Fergus Ḟergus Fergus
pronounced with /v(ʲ)-/
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.
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