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Attestation: BI·1 (lukios/sipionios) (1)
Language: Celtic
Word Type: proper noun
Semantic Field: personal name

Grammatical Categories: nom. sg. masc.
Stem Class: i̯o

Morphemic Analysis: luk-(i)i̯-os
Phonemic Analysis: /lu/ūk(k)/g(i)os/
Meaning: 'Lukios'


Individual name in the nominative; a number of options are available for the analysis of the base. The name may be etymologically Celtic and derived from the theonym lug-; cf. DLG: 211 and the names in Delamarre 2007: 120 f., 225, esp. CIL XII 4468 lugius. Names in ⟨luc(c)⟩- are attested on Gaulish coins (e.g. RIG M-198 luccios, M-199 lucios, M-201 lucotios), as potter's names (e.g. luceios, lucinus), and in Latin inscriptions from the Gaulish area; see Delamarre 2007: 120, 225, who suggests a connection with either u̯lk- 'wolf' or the 'lynx'-word (DLG: 210). Some of the luk(k)-names may be variants of names in lug- or leu̯k- 'bright' (see Meid 2005: 274 f.); in addition, the Latin praenomen lucius (base cognate with leu̯k-) is likely to play a part as a loan name used as an individual name, often with a Celticised ending – so also in the present case, considering the strong Latin influence at Cerrione.

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CIL Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities, Corpus Inscriptionum Latinarum. (17 volumes, various supplements)
Delamarre 2007 Xavier Delamarre, Noms de personnes celtiques dans l'épigraphie classique. Nomina Celtica Antiqua Selecta Inscriptionum, Paris: Errance 2007.
DLG Xavier Delamarre, Dictionnaire de la langue gauloise. Une approche linguistique du vieux-celtique continental, 2nd, revised edition, Paris: Errance 2003.