[DWJ] In which I satisfy the curious (I hope!)

Colin Fine colin at kindness.demon.co.uk
Thu Sep 21 17:17:41 EDT 2006

Irina Rempt wrote:
> On Thursday 21 September 2006 22:48, Colin Fine wrote:
>> Attilla is neither Indo-European nor Semitic. 
> From http://www.behindthename.com/php/view.php?name=attila
> Means "little father" from Gothic atta "father" combined with a 
> diminutive suffix. This was the name of a 5th-century leader of the 
> Huns who invaded and ravaged Europe before finally being slowed down at 
> the Battle of the Catalaunian Plains in Gaul. Attila was the name given 
> to him by his Gothic-speaking subjects in eastern Europe; his real name 
> may have been Avithohol.
>    Irina (always glad to be of service :-) )
I thought it was from Turkic 'Atta' meaning 'father'!  (cf the former 
name of the Kazakh capital Almaty: 'Alma-ata', apparently meaning 
'Apple-father', though I confess I don't know what that means.


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