From Proto-Germanic *aiganą, from Proto-Indo-European *eik- (“possession, ability”). Cognate with Old Frisian āga, Old Saxon ēgan, Old High German eigan, Old Norse eiga (Danish eje, Swedish äga), Gothic 𐌰𐌹𐌷𐌰𐌽 (aihan). The Indo-European root is also the source of Avestan 𐬀𐬉𐬱𐬁 (aēšā-, “ability, possessions”), Tocharian B aik- ‘to know’.
- to own, to possess, to have
- Ah him lifes geweald. He has power over life. (Legend of St Andrew)
- to cause to own: to give, to deliver
- definite singular of aga