|Attestation:||MI·17 (caledonos) (1)|
|Word Type:||proper noun|
|Semantic Field:||personal name|
|Grammatical Categories:||gen. sg. masc.|
|Morphemic Analysis:||kal-ed-onos (?)|
Genitive of a Celtic on-stem personal name kaledū, which finds exact comparanda in Gaulish coin legends (RIG M-88, M-89 caledu, see Delamarre 2007: 214). The name is certainly connected with the ethnonym caledones, though the exact relationship – caledones being simply the plural of caledū without derivation suffix in either form – is unclear. There is general agreement that the base is kal- 'hard' as in *kaleto- 'id.', but the second element/suffix -ed- has not been convincingly explained. As asserted by Zimmer 2006: 165 f. (pace Luján 2003: 200), kaled- cannot be directly compared with kalet-, which is formed with a different suffix. The Latin attestations of the ethnonym show long /ē/ (calēdones), which cannot be etymological in Gaulish (where it should be > /ī/); Gaulish /ē/ could be < */ei̯/, but no such suffix is known. If /ē/ in Latin should be secondary in some way (though it is not evident how or why), the suffix can be the ubiquitous, but enigmatic -ed-. Zimmer 2006: 165 f., who assumes that /ē/ is etymological, proposes an analysis as a compound *kal-pēd-on- 'hard-footed', but lengthened-grade is rare in *ped- as a second element in Celtic, and the absence of a stem vowel in the first element makes a compound unlikely.
David Stifter, Corinna Salomon
|Delamarre 2007||Xavier Delamarre, Noms de personnes celtiques dans l'épigraphie classique. Nomina Celtica Antiqua Selecta Inscriptionum, Paris: Errance 2007.|