francisc czobor <czobo-@...
> Hails allaim frijondam thaim gutiskam!
> For the name of the Visigoths (or Vizigoti, or Vesegothi, or Vesii) I
> found in several sources two interpretations:
> 1. This name means simply "Western Goths", wisi- being cognate with
> 2. The first half of the word represents a Gothic *wizu- or *wezu- and
> means "good" (cognate with the Sanskrit vasu-, Avestic vahu-, Greek
> Thus, the Visigoths were the "good Goths" or the "true Goths"
> opposition to the Ostrogoths, Moesogoths, Gepids, etc.).
> Which interpretation is more plausible?
I once read that visi-, could come from weihs "holy". In ON veigr. So
one theory was that the name should mean "the sacred, supreme goths".
But your *wizu sounds very probable and it seem realistic. I also
wonder if terwingi and greutingi come out of scorn for each other.
Calling eachother "woodpeople" and "stonygroundpeople", could be way of
teasing eachother, and later it was to be accepted by them. It would be
interesting to know if the terrain W and NW of the Black sea is
especially forested or stony.
> Regarding the Ostrogoths (or Austrogoti), I read that the first half
> their name is indeed related to East (& Icel. Aust-, Germ. Ost-,
> originally it did not mean "eastern Goths", but "the Sunrise-Goths"
> (understanding the Goths who are glistening in the light of the rising
> Jordanes ("Getica") already interprets the names of Ostrogothi and
> Visigothi as "Eastern Goths" and "Western Goths". According to Herwig
> Wolfram ("Die Germanen", Beck, München, 1997), this is a
> which appears for the first time by Cassiodorus (at the begin of the