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Attestation: CO·79 (uitilios) (1)
Language: Celtic
Word Type: proper noun
Semantic Field: personal name

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

Morphemic Analysis: u̯it-il-i̯-os or u̯ind-il-i̯-os
Phonemic Analysis: /ītillos/ or /indillos/
Meaning: 'Uitilios'


Masculine personal name in the nominative. The best comparanda are found in uindilla, uindillus, uindillius from u̯ind- 'white' (see Delamarre 2007: X and X). This etymology, however, disagrees with the assumption that -nd- > -nn- in both Lepontic and Cisalpine Gaulish (see The Cisalpine Celtic Languages). Lejeune 1971: 65 f., n. 232 therefore suggests u̯itu- 'willow', cf. especially uitulus (if not Latin 'calf' but Celtic, as suggested by Birkhan 1970: 274 f. wth n. 583). As in this comparandum the vowel in the suffix would be expected to be u rather than i, even if this is not always regular (see the morpheme page).

Also attested (though possibly with another stem) is the genitive uitili.

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Delamarre 2007 Xavier Delamarre, Noms de personnes celtiques dans l'épigraphie classique. Nomina Celtica Antiqua Selecta Inscriptionum, Paris: Errance 2007.