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Attestation: VA·1.1 (kasiuos) (1)
Language: Celtic
Word Type: proper noun
Semantic Field: personal name

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

Morphemic Analysis: kass-i-u̯-os
Phonemic Analysis: /kassios/
Meaning: 'Kasiuos'


Masculine personal name with base kassi-. The suffix appears to be adjectival -u̯o-, which is not a productive suffix in Continental Celtic onomastics, though it is present in base morphemes such as biu̯- 'alive'. The name thus seems to contain an old formation *kassi-u̯o- (of unclear meaning just like kassi- itself); -u̯o- regularly forms derivations from verbal roots (overview in De Bernardo Stempel 1999: 212–212), but cf. the Gaul. theonym dexiuā < *dek̑siu̯- (?) and related IE words for 'right' for a form with i in the stem (see DLG: 143, Matasović 2009: 97, De Vaan 2008 s.v. δεξιός).

Corinna Salomon


De Bernardo Stempel 1999 Patrizia De Bernardo Stempel, Nominale Wortbildung des älteren Irischen. Stammbildung und Derivation [= Buchreihe der Zeitschrift für celtische Philologie 15], Tübingen: Niemeyer 1999.
De Vaan 2008 Michiel De Vaan, Etymological dictionary of Latin and the other Italic Languages [= Leiden Indo-European Etymological Dictionary Series 7], Leiden, Boston: Brill 2008.
DLG Xavier Delamarre, Dictionnaire de la langue gauloise. Une approche linguistique du vieux-celtique continental, 2nd, revised edition, Paris: Errance 2003.