ON/NO (or ONO/NŌ) signifies "beget/be born". NŌ (or NO) signifies "generation, people, folk, large group regarded as of common ancestry".
While ONO shortly is explained as signifying "beget, give birth to", a longer signification is given as "family, tribe or group having a common ancestry, the land or region in which they dwelt". The latter signification shows the blending with NDOR/DORO.
- Quenya: onta ("beget"); nosta ("be begotten"); onwe, onna ("child")
In the Qenya Lexicon appears the root NŌ-, signifying "become, be born".
NŌ-, NOWO? (NONO?)
Also in the Qenya Lexicon appears the root NŌ-, NOWO? (NONO?), signifying "ahead, in front; after, of time; tomorrow" (one of the derivatives is Qenya nuo "tomorrow"). Patrick H. Wynne therefore connects this early root to the late Quenya word noa ("tomorrow" or "yesterday").
- J.R.R. Tolkien, "Words, Phrases and Passages in Various Tongues in The Lord of the Rings", in Parma Eldalamberon XVII (edited by Christopher Gilson), pp. 26, 168, 170-171 (root appearing as "ON/NO", "√ONO/NŌ", "NO; NŌ." and "√NŌ")
- J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The War of the Jewels, "Part Four. Quendi and Eldar", pp. 387, 413 (root appears as "*ONO")
- J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Lost Road and Other Writings, Part Three: "The Etymologies", pp. 378-379
- J.R.R. Tolkien, "Addenda and Corrigenda to the Etymologies — Part Two" (edited by Carl F. Hostetter and Patrick H. Wynne), in Vinyar Tengwar, Number 46, July 2004, pp. 6-7
- J.R.R. Tolkien, "Qenyaqetsa: The Qenya Phonology and Lexicon", in Parma Eldalamberon XII (edited by Carl F. Hostetter, Christopher Gilson, Arden R. Smith, and Patrick H. Wynne), p. 66
- J.R.R. Tolkien, "Eldarin Hands, Fingers & Numerals and Related Writings — Part Three" (edited by Patrick H. Wynne), in Vinyar Tengwar, Number 49, June 2007, p. 34 (note 23)