EnglishEdit

 
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EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from German, Icelandic or Norwegian Waage.

Proper nounEdit

Waage (plural Waages)

  1. A surname.

StatisticsEdit

  • According to the 2010 United States Census, Waage is the 31001st most common surname in the United States, belonging to 749 individuals. Waage is most common among White (96.26%) individuals.

Further readingEdit


GermanEdit

Alternative formsEdit

  • Wage (archaic since 1927; nonstandard since 1996)

EtymologyEdit

From Middle High German wāge, from Old High German wāga, from Proto-West Germanic *wāgu (scales). Cognate with Dutch waag, English wey.

The spelling Waage was used alongside Wage since at least the 17th century. As the etymological school of the 19th century favoured single vowels, some doubled spellings like baar, Schooß, Waage were abolished during the reforms of the early 20th century. However, the spelling Waage was standardised again by two decrees from the governments of Austria (March 1927) and Germany (July 1927) in order to avoid the ambiguity between plural Waagen and Wagen (car[s], carriage[s]), as for example in Waagenbau (construction of scales) versus Wagenbau (construction of cars).[1]

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˈvaːɡə/, [ˈvaːɡə], [ˈʋaːɡə]
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  • Homophones: vage, wage

NounEdit

Waage f (genitive Waage, plural Waagen)

  1. scales (weighing machine)
  2. (astronomy, astrology) Libra

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Proper nounEdit

Waage m or f (proper noun, surname, masculine genitive Waages or (with an article) Waage, feminine genitive Waage, plural Waages or Waage)

  1. a surname.

ReferencesEdit

Further readingEdit

  • Waage” in Duden online
  • Waage” in Digitales Wörterbuch der deutschen Sprache

IcelandicEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from Dutch and German Waage (scale). Also a surname derived from Old Norse vágr (inlet, bay), the source of Norwegian Våge.

PronunciationEdit

Proper nounEdit

Waage

  1. a surname.

Further readingEdit