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From Proto-Germanic *gawją, *gawjō, *gawô ‎(country, region, environment), from Proto-Indo-European *ghaw- ‎(wasteland, area surrounding a thorp). Akin to Old Saxon -gā, -gō ‎(district), Old Dutch -gauua, -gō, -gōie ‎(region).


-ġē f

  1. Suffix used to denote a region or territory
    ǣlġē ‎(eel-country)
  2. Suffix used in placenames meaning region of, or district of
    Sūþrīeġ, Sūþrīġe ‎(Surrey", lit. "Southerly District)
    Scōnīeġ, Scōnēġ ‎(Skaane)


  • -y, -ey found in some English placenames