--- In gothic-l@y..., "Bertil Haggman" <mvk575b@t...> wrote:
> Connecting to the earlier bringing up of Suartuas,
> the Eruli royal name I am tyrnung to a few lesser
> known Eruli nasmes mentioned in Procopius
> _History of the Wars_. Etymological comments
> gratefully received.
> Aluith, an Erulian commander: VI, 13:18
> Phanitheus, an Erulian commander, VI, 17:1
> Visandus, Erulian commander VII, 1:35
Visandus is a name that survived into the 12th
century. The following forms appear in the sources:
a Greek transcription <Ouísandos> of unknown date,
<Wisunt> 9th c.,
a feminine <Wisuntin> 11th c.,
<Wisint>, <Wisunt> 11th c.,
<Wisent> 12th c.
The last three are from the region around
Regensburg in south Germany.
The name appears to be from Germanic *<wisand->, *<wisund->
'bison' (OHG <wisunt>)