Uwe is a male given name.


The origin of the name is unclear. Some consider Uwe to be a short form of names that begin with Ul- or Ud- (e.g. Ulrich) and go back to Old High German uodal, “Heritage, Common Property, Inheritance Property”. Others consider the name to be an “independent Frisian short form of names formed by old island North Frisian *ova (too Germanic *ov ‘to be active, put into the works’).’ According to Wilfried Seibicke, Uwe is a “Frisian lall name, etymology unexplained”. In foreign name pages and name books there is a reference to the Scandinavian name Ove, of which Uwe is said to be a minor form. Ove is then explained as “a colloquial form of Aghi, a short form of different names of Old Norse origin with the element ag ‘Sharpness (of the sword)’ or ‘terror'”. Occasionally there is also the claim that the name is identical to Oswald (from to the ‘God’ and waltan ‘rule’).


The name Uwe quickly became popular in Germany in the 1920s. At the end of the 1930s and early 1940s, he was one of the ten most popular boys’ names of the year, as well as from the second half of the 1950s to the early 1960s. Then its spread sank. Since the early 1980s, hardly any children have been called Uwe.

Name day

July 4


Source: Wikipedia https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uwe

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