Origin of Ming
From Middle English mingen, mengen, from Old English mengan (“to mix, combine, unite, associate with, consort, cohabit with, disturb, converse"), from Proto-Germanic *mangijanÄ… (“to mix, knead"), from Proto-Indo-European *menk- (“to rumple, knead"). Cognate with Dutch mengen (“to mix, blend, mingle"), German mengen (“to mix"), Danish mænge (“to rub"), Old English Ä¡emang (“mixture, union, troop, crowd, multitude, congregation, assembly, business, cohabitation"). More at among.
From Middle English mingen, mengen, mungen, muneȝen, from Old English myngian, mynegian, Ä¡emynegian (“to bring to mind, have in mind"), from myne (“mind"), from Ä¡emunan (“to remember"), from Proto-Germanic *munanÄ… (“to think"), from Proto-Indo-European *men- (“to think"). Merged in Middle English with Old English Ä¡emyndgian (“to remember, be mindful, remind, intend, commemorate, mention, exhort, impel, warn, demand payment"). More at mind.
Mandarin Míng from mīng bright from Middle Chinese miajŋ
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
Backformation from minging.
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