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Re: [folkspraak] Names Gothic- Germanic

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  • Hermann Philipps
    Hi Mike. Thanks for this interesting piece of Gothic information. Geocities was closed a few years ago but a large part of those now defunct websites were
    Message 1 of 2 , Mar 16, 2012
      Hi Mike.

      Thanks for this interesting piece of Gothic information.

      Geocities was closed a few years ago but a large part of those now
      defunct websites were preserved by some highly laudable people. All
      one has to do is to replace the 'g' by 'r'.

      So the original website now can be accessed at:-

      You can look at the source code, and in the header of the HTML file
      you will find the line:-
      <meta name="Author" content="Tim O'Neill">.

      So the author was one Tim O'Neill.

      I didn't pursue "tim o'neill" on the web much further but a diligent
      search will surely uncover more about him.


      Am 15.03.2012 21:44, schrieb Abrigon:
      > Anyone know who the originator was, to give them credit?
      > Mike
      > http://www.geocities.com/Paris/Salon/2385/gothnames.html
      > The forms of Gothic names found in works of history are
      > generally based on those found in the Greek and Latin sources.
      > By comparing these forms to the known Gothic vocabulary and
      > to other Germanic names, however, it is possible to
      > reconstruct something like their original Gothic forms.
      > Thus historians talk of Theodoric the Great, Odovacar, Alaric
      > or Uraias but the Goths would have said 'Thiudareiks',
      > 'Audawakrs'. 'Alhareiks' and 'Wraihja'. Many Gothic names,
      > like early Germanic names generally, are made of two nymic
      > elements being combined - these tables give a list of some of
      > the more common Gothic nymic elements, with their Modern
      > and Old English equivalents.
      > Initial Nymic Elements
      > Gothic English Old English
      > Ahta- terrible
      > Airmana- lofty(?) Eormen-
      > Alh- temple Ealh-
      > Amala- effort/toil(?)
      > Anda- spirit/courage
      > Ans- god Os-
      > Athala- noble Aethel-
      > Athana- year(?)
      > Auda- wealth Ead-
      > Badwa- battle Beado-
      > Baltha- bold Bald-
      > Daga- day Daeg-
      > Filu- much
      > Frithu- peace Freothu-
      > Gaisu- spear Gar-
      > Gawi- country
      > Goda- good God-
      > Guda- God
      > Guntha- battle Guth-
      > Harja- army Here-
      > Hauha- high Heah-
      > Hildi- war Hilde-
      > Huna- Hun(?) Hun-
      > Liuda- people Leod-
      > Mahta- mighty Meaht-
      > Nantha- brave Noth-
      > Ragina- counsel
      > Reda- counsel Raed-
      > Reika- ruler/king Ric-
      > Sigisa- victory Sige-
      > Sunya- true
      > Swintha- strong Swith-
      > Thauris- daring
      > Thiuda- people Theod-
      > Thrasa- confidence
      > Waihti- fighting Wiht-
      > Wandila- Vandal
      > Wili- will Wil-
      > Winitha- Wend
      > Wulfa- wolf Wulf-
      > Terminal Nymic Elements (Masculine)
      > Gothic English Old English
      > -badws war -baed(?) (Beo?)
      > -bairhts bright -berht
      > -balths bold -bald
      > -friths peaceful -frith
      > -funs ready/eager -fus
      > -gairns desiring -georn
      > -gais spear -gar
      > -gauya citizen(?)
      > -harjis army -here
      > -liufs dear -leof
      > -mers famous -maer
      > -munths protector -mund
      > -nanths daring -noth
      > -reths counsel -red
      > -reiks ruler/king -ric
      > -swinths strong -swith
      > -wakrs watchful -wacor
      > -wulfs wolf -wulf
      > Terminal Nymic Elements (Feminine)
      > Gothic English Old English
      > -gunth(i)s battle -gyth
      > -hild(i)s war -hild
      > -swintha strong -swith
      > It is possible to create a Gothic name by combining two of
      > these traditional elements - Gaisumunths = 'spear-protector',
      > or Harjareiks = 'army ruler'. Many
      > of these duonymic names had 'meanings' which were
      > nonsensical or even contradictory, such as Frithugais
      > (peace spear) or Frithubadws (peace war). It seems
      > that 'Frithu-' was simply a traditional element for the
      > beginning of a name and '-gais' was simply a
      > traditional element for the ending of a name and the
      > 'meaning' of the two elements in combination simply did
      > not matter.
      > Eventually the names themselves would have become
      > traditional and no-one would have thought of their
      > meanings any more than modern people think about the
      > Latin, Greek or Hebrew meanings of many of their names.
      > Some Gothic names seem to be contractions or
      > abbreviations of longer, more traditional forms.
      > 'Gaina' may be a contraction of 'Gaisananths' for
      > example. Similarly, 'Wamba' may be a contraction of
      > 'Wandilbairhts', or it may mean 'belly' (as in the
      > English 'womb') and be a nickname for a fat man or a
      > man with a large appetite.
      > Other Gothic names were diminutives, created by the
      > addition of the suffixes '-ila' or '-ika'. 'Attila'
      > (Little Father - 'atta'+'-ila') is one of the more
      > famous of these names, as is 'Wulfila' (Little Wolf)
      > the original Gothic form of the name of the apostle to
      > the Goths, Ulphilas.
      > Finally, shorter Gothic names were also common and
      > these were formed by adding the final elements '-a' or
      > '-ja' to the initial nymic elements listed above or to
      > other Gothic words. So Uraias' real name may have been
      > 'Wraihja' from the vern 'wreihan' - to protect, while
      > Leuva could have been 'Liuba' from the noun 'liufs' -
      > dear one.
      > ------------------------------------------
      > I suspect there is more names, I know from reading books on Professor
      > Tolkien, that many of his human names are based on Germanic origins,
      > especially Gothic and related tribes, or Anglo-Saxon/Norse ones..
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