möþerni (OSw) møthrene (ODan) myþrni (OGu) móðerni (ON) möþrini (OSw) moþærni (OSw) mæþærni (OSw) noun

The meaning extended to cover the whole of the maternal side of the family, the maternal inheritance (as opposed to the paternal) and the ancestral land inherited from the mother, although the expression möþrinis jorþ in full does occur. Sometimes the same word was employed with more than one of these meanings in the same sentence. The noun in the possessive case was also used adjectivally to mean ‘maternal’, to relate to other specific parts of an inheritance, e.g. ancestral home, movables.


kinsman of the mother OSw MEL Äb
maternal ODan ESjL 1, 3
ODan JyL 2
ODan SkL 24, 26, 27, 85, 92, 223
ODan VSjL 1
OSw HL Äb

maternal goods ODan VSjL 1
maternal inheritance ODan SkBL
ODan SkL 37
OGu GL A 20, 24e
OSw ÄVgL Äb
OSw DL Bb, Gb
OSw KrL Jb
OSw SdmL Gb, Jb
OSw UL Äb
OSw VmL Äb
OSw YVgL Rlb

maternal kin OSw DL Gb
maternal land ODan ESjL 3
ODan SkL 23, 27, 45
ODan VSjL 1, 4
OSw ÖgL Jb
OSw UL Jb
OSw VmL Jb
OSw YVgL Jb

maternal part OSw YVgL Äb
maternal side ODan SkL 57, 223
OSw ÄVgL Md, Äb
OSw ÖgL Rb
OSw SdmL Gb, Äb
OSw UL Äb
OSw VmL Äb
OSw YVgL Drb, Äb, Add

mother’s ODan VSjL 15
mother’s inheritance OSw KrL Gb
OSw MEL Gb
OSw MESt Gb

mother’s side ODan ESjL 1, 3
ODan JyL 2
ODan SkL 57
ONorw EidsL 30.5
ONorw FrL Var 9
OSw DL Gb
OSw KrL Gb Äb
OSw MEL Eb
OSw MESt Äb Jb Eb
OSw ÖgL Gb Äb

what is from the mother ODan JyL 1
Expressions:

möþernis frændi (OSw)

kinsman of the mother ODan ESjL 2 JyL 1

kinsman on the mother’s side ODan SkL 57

maternal kinsman ODan ESjL 1−3 JyL 1 SkL 85, 92 OSw DL Bb

maternal relative OSw DL Rb SdmL Gb, Äb

mother’s kinsman ODan ESjL 3 JyL 1

möþernis jorþ (OSw)

maternal land ODan SkL 23, 45 VSjL 1 OSw DL Rb

Refs:

Peel 2015, 134 note 20/36−37; Schlyter 1877, s.v.v. möþerni, möþrinis iorþ

Citation
  • ‘möþerni’. A Lexicon of Medieval Nordic Law.

  • http://www.dhi.ac.uk/lmnl/nordicheadword/displayPage/3696
    (05/24/2024)