What is the origin of the word happen? If it comes from the word hap, what is the early usage of that word?
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Yes, certainly happen comes from hap. Its earliest citations are only from the late 14th century. The OED reports that happen is from Middle English, and that is either from hap the noun, or as an extended form of hap the verb.
Here is an abbreviated set of their definitions and citations for hap the verb, which are “early” compared to our present era, but still recent enough to still make sense: