The word “husband” originated from several sources. In Anglo-Saxon, the word 6us means “house”. In Old Norse, the word 6ondi means a “freeholder” or “yeoman”. And the word in 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 his household. The word“husband”, 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 onboard before sailing and that all the regulations relating to the trip are taken care of. And when we say “husband one’s resources”, we manage our affairs well!
What Is A Male Spouse Called?
The term is gender-neutral, whereas a male spouse is a husband and a female spouse is a wife.