A List of Online Etymological Sources and Historical Dictionaries

This site collects links to online etymological sources and historical dictionaries for all languages. That can be online databases, PDFs or in whatever format. If you know of a source that is missing here, feel free to contact me via m.zielenbach [at] vu.nl or on one of my social medias. I do my best to keep the links updated. I am not responsible for the content of the linked pages or the quality of the sources. Check out my blog post on how to use etymological resources.

This first started as a thread on twitter and I thank everyone who contributed sources. Sometimes people added a little description of the source, which I include here.

Now you may ask, “Wait, isn’t there a wikipedia page that does just this?” There absolutely is and you should check it out. The thing is I am not sure whether wikipedia is the right place for such a place and if the editors one day should decide that it is not, we will lose the list.

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For multiple languages

Indo-European

Semitic

Uralic

Basque

Turkic

Mongolic

Austronesian

Austroasiatic

Dravidian

Sino-Tibetian

Korean

Japonic

Bantu

Mayan

Algic

Siouan

Creoles

For multiple languages

Indo-European

Germanic

English

German

Yiddish

Dutch

Icelandic

Danish

Swedish

Gothic

Romance

Latin

Spanish

  • https://etimologias.dechile.net/ (“tends to come up whenever I search. It seems pretty reliable when I’ve compared with other sources and, as far as I can tell, doesn’t shy away from debates and uncertainty”)

Catalan

French

Italian

Romanian

Greek

Albanian

Baltic

Lithuanian

Slavic

Russian

Ukrainian

Belarussian

Polish

Slovene/Slovenian

Croatian

Bulgarian

Celtic

Welsh

Gaelic

Hittite

Trocharian

Trocharian B

Indo-Aryan

Sanskrit

Nepali

Ossetic

Pamir languages

Semitic

Arabic

Modern South Arabian

Soqotri

Hebrew

Aramaic

  • https://cal.huc.edu/ (though not intended as an etymological dictionary you can find many etymologies in CAL)

Uralic

Hungarian

Saami

Estonian

Basque

Turkic

Turkish

Chuvash

Gagauz

Mongolic

Austronesian

Malayo-Polynesian

Polynesian

Indonesian

Waray

Austroasiatic

Mon-Khmer

Dravidian

Sino-Tibetan

Chinese

Korean

Japonic

Japanese

Bantu

Swahili

Mayan

Algic

Algonquian

Siouan

Creoles

Bislama

Mauritian Creole/Morisien

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