One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘the origins of life and the physical universe’
beginning, start, origination, genesis, birth, dawning, dawn, emergence, inception, launch, creation, birthplace, cradle, early stages, conception, inauguration, foundation, outset
source, basis, base, cause, root, roots, spring, mainspring, well head, fountainhead, fountain, fount, head, seat, seed, germ
fons et origo
end, conclusion, termination
2‘the Latin origin of the word’
source, derivation, root, roots, provenance, etymology
North American provenience
3‘his Scottish origins’
descent, ancestry, parentage, pedigree, lineage, line, line of descent, heritage, birth, extraction, background, family, stock, blood, bloodline, genealogy, beginnings
rare filiation, stirps
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