From Proto-Germanic *wiljaną, from Proto-Indo-European *wel- (“to wish, will”). Cognate with Old Saxon willian (“to want”), Old High German wellen, wollen (“to want, choose”), Old English willan (“to will”).
- to want
This verb originally had only subjunctive forms in the present tense. This subjunctive later became the new indicative, and a new analogical subjunctive was formed. It's not certain if this had already occurred in Frankish.
The present stem was later replaced by *wold-. This change started off in the Frankish/Franconian dialects, it seems, and did not spread to Old Saxon, and reached Upper German rather late. It's therefore not certain whether this change had already happened in Frankish.
|2nd singular||*wilīs||*weldās, -ōs|