Re: Reconstructing some names
- I'm not sure if this is going to be really helpful, but...
1.- For the Germanic names present in High Middle ages in Galicia (NW
Spain) - these names, of Eastern Suevi origin, are mostly common to East
/ Danubian Germans initially it appears that only *harji-
(*harjiz) is known:
Argibadus (and modern place name Arxibai) < *Harjibadwaz (?)
Argifredus (and modern place name Alxofreo) < *Harjifriþuz
Argifreda < *Harjifriþô
Argefonsus < * Harjifunsaz
Argivastro < *Harjigastiz
Argilo f. < *Harjilôn
Argileuva f. < *Harjileubô
Argimirus (and modern place name Arxemil) < *Harjimêraz
Argemondus (and modern place name Arximonde) < *Harjimunduz
Argeridus < *Harjirêdaz
(initial h- in Germanic names didn't left any trace in toponymy,
eiþer) etc... But, don't ask me why, there is no **Argiulfus, bur a
very common Ariulfus / Ariulfus which have originated the place names
and Surnames: Arulfe, Arufe (from latinized genitive Arulfi). There were
also an Ariamiro (Suevi, king, died c. 570), and the names Arias 'Lord'
and its superlative Ariastre ( < *Arjaz + -ist-, cf. V. Orel, A HANDBOOK
OF GERMANIC ETYMOLOGY. Brill. 2003 s.v. *arjaz).
2.- Gunþj is probably OK, or maybe gunþjô (at least judging
from this side of the bay of Biscay):
Siseguntia (c 580, a Suevi queen), Alaguntia, Astragundia, Ebragundia,
Ermegundia, Fradegundia, Leodegundia, Menegundia, Teodegundia... but
also Aragunti, Bergundi.
3.- Vladimir Orel gives *drûdaz m 'friend, beloved'. The feminine
*drûdjô is also common in Galician Germanic composite names:
Alatrudia, Aniedrudia, Dagadrudia, Entrudi, Ermedrudia, Guntedrudia,
Penedruia, Qualatrudia, Recedrudi, Senatrudia.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Mike" <mremic01@...> wrote:
> I've been working reconstructing some names, mostly names I've been
coming across in Old English, and I've been having some trouble. I was
hoping you guys might be able to help me out.
> I'm trying to work out which form of 'harjis' would as a naming
element. I think Henry Bradley's had "Harja-", but his some of his forms
are problematic here and there. According to Wright's explanation for
compounding nouns ($389) the -a- remains in short -ja stems but
disappears in the long. So we get niujasatiþs and aglaitiwaurdei. So
I would expect to see Harja- as harjis is has short stem syllable, but
I'm aware of an attested Hariwulfs mentioned in Lehmenn's Etymological
Dictionary which I don't have on me right now. Does anyone know whether
it would be 'Harja-' or 'Hari-'?
> On a similar note, I've reconstructed OE Mildgyþ as Mildigunþi.
Does that seem correct?
> There was also an OE Mildþryþ, and I'm not sure how to handle
'-þryþ'. From the information Bosworth-Toller gives, it looks like
an i-stem. Should it be '-þruþs' in Gothic? I can't find the
proto-germanic form, but would it maybe be '-þrunþs'?
> Any help would be appreciated! Thanks.
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