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- The German river is from Latin Moenis.
- The Irish river is from an Mhaing, possibly from Old Irish mang (“fawn”), which is said to be related to Proto-Celtic *makʷos (“son”); also compare Proto-Germanic *maguz.
- As a Scottish surname, reduced from the North Germanic name Magnus. Also from the adjective main.
- As a Scottish, English, French and Norman surname, from personal names derived from Proto-West Germanic *magan (“to be able”), similar to Mein.
- As a Scottish, English and Norman surname, from the French province of Maine. Compare Mansell.
- As a Scottish, English, and Norman surname, from the Anglo-Norman adjective maine (“great, large”), from Old French magne.
- As a Scottish, English, Norman and French surname, from the noun main (“hand”).
- A river in southern Germany, flowing from Bavaria to the Rhine.
- A river in Northern Ireland, flowing into Lough Neagh.
- A surname.
river in southern Germany
- Hanks, Patrick, editor (2003), “Main”, in Dictionary of American Family Names, volume 2, New York City: Oxford University Press, →ISBN, page 493.
Declension of Main [sg-only, masculine, strong]
- “Main” in Duden online
- “Main” in Digitales Wörterbuch der deutschen Sprache
- Main on the German Wikipedia.Wikipedia de