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Origin of the name IDUNA.
Etymology of the name IDUNA.
Meaning of the baby name IDUNA.


IDUNA.  A German form of Old Norse Iðunn (q.v.), literally meaning "she who loves work," from idja (work) an unna (love); allegorically rendered "fairy" or "spirit."  Also see Idune.

    Iduna, or more properly, Idhuna, Ithuna, is a myth of spring reft away by winter, who dies of the warmth of the flame of the summer gods.  Her name does not seem to have been adopted in the North; but it is almost certainly the origin of Idonea, which is very common in old English pedigrees... 
    The word idja, to work, the first syllable of Iduna's name, formed deisi, activity, and thence the person who ought to be active, the old German itis, and Anglo-Saxon ides, a woman, in the North, deis or dis.  The idea of the active sprite was divided between womankind and certain household spirits, like the Roman genii, only feminine and possibly another name for the Nornir,... (History of Christian Names, Yonge, 1884)


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