Meaning and Origin
What does the name Twain mean? Keep reading to find the user submitted meanings, dictionary definitions, and more.
User Submitted Origins
Etymology: OE. twein tweien tweyne, AS. twēgen, masc. See Two
- Two items of the same kind
From Middle English tweyne, tweien, twaine, from Old English twēġen (“two”, masc), from Proto-Germanic *twai, from Proto-Indo-European *dwóh₁. Cognate with Low German twene, German zween, Swedish tvenne . More at two.
The word outlasted the breakdown of gender in Middle English and survived as a secondary form of two, then especially in the cases where the numeral follows a noun. Its continuation into modern times was aided by its use in KJV, the Marriage Service, in poetry (where it's commonly used as a rhyme word), and in oral use where it is necessary to be clear that two and not "to" or "too" is meant.
From Middle English twaynen, from twayne (“two”, numeral).