Why is a Married Man Called a Husband?

The word “husband” originated from saveral sources. In Anglo-Saxon the word hus means “house”. In Old Norse the word bondi means a “freeholder” or “yeoman”. And the word bua means “to dwell”. Put them all together and you have a word meaning a house-owner who is head of the household or family.

The word came to be used for a man who joined a woman in marriage and was, therefore, the head of this household. The word “husbands”, however is still used to mean the managing of a household.

For, instance, a ship’s husband is an official who is responsible for seeing that all the necessary equipment is safely board before sailing, and that all the regulations relating to the trip are taken care of. And when they say “husband one’s resources”. we means to manage our affairs well!

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