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


WODAN.  An old Saxon form of Teutonic Wuotan (q.v.), meaning "all-pervading.  Old Norse Oðinn (q.v.). (Academy, v.27, 1885)

Odin or Wodan, the Spirit of the Universe, was conceived by our forefathers as a great wanderer.  His very name describes him as the All-pervading.  Watan in Old High German, wadan in Old Saxon, and vadha in Old Norse, are of the same root as the Latin vadere and (with the introduction of a nasal sound) the German wandernóto go, to permeate, to wander about.  Wodan is the Breath of the World; his voice is in the rushing wind.  Restlessly he travels through all lands.  The Sanskrit wâta, which etymologically belongs to the same root, signifies the wind; and the wind, in that early Aryan tongue, is also called "the Ever Traveling."
    Hence several of the many names under which Odin was known represent him as being forever on the move... (The World's Best Essays, Brewer-Allen, v.2, 1900)


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