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Borrowed from German Wotan. Doublet of Woden and Odin.

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  1. (Germanic mythology) Odin, especially in his continental Germanic form.
    • 1894, William James Henderson, Preludes and Studies: Musical Themes of the Day, page 17:
      Wotan, finding that there is no escape, turns for help and advice to Loge, the God of Evil, the spirit of flickering, treacherous fire, the master of cunning and deceit; and he introduces to gods and giants the lust for gold.
    • 2012, Ian Bradley, God Save the Queen: The Spiritual Heart of the Monarchy, A&C Black, →ISBN, page 70:
      In Anglo-Saxon mythology, kings were descended from Wotan, or Odin, the high god of the Teutonic pantheon.

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Ultimately from Proto-Germanic *Wōdanaz, cognate with English Woden, Icelandic Óðinn. Attested since the 12th century in the Latin Chronicon of Godfrey of Viterbo, where it is spelled Wotan. In Old High German, the name could be spelled Wotan, Wuotan or Woatan, depending on regional dialect.

After Christianization, the name persisted in folklore and formed various derivations, such as Old High German Wuotunc, Wodunc, medieval Wüetung.

In literary modern German, the spellings Wodan and Wotan competed during the early 19th century, but Wotan became prevalent in the wake of Richard Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen, published in 1853.

A male given name Wotan (also Wuotan, Woatan) is attested in Latin beginning in the 9th century.[1] It became obsolete during the high medieval period, but was revived as a rare given name in the 20th century.


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Wotan m (proper noun, strong, genitive Wotans)

  1. Woden/Odin, a deity of the old Germanic religion, and of modern German reconstructions of this religion
  2. a male given name from the Germanic languages


  • English: Wotan