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Attestation: VA·30 (musu), VR·12 (musu) (2)
Language: prob. Celtic
Word Type: proper noun
Semantic Field: personal name

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

Morphemic Analysis: mus-ū
Phonemic Analysis: /mussū/ or /mūsū/
Meaning: 'Musu'


Masculine o-stem personal name. musu appears in Gaulish context in CIL III 5365 musonis (gen., Noricum) , XII 4853 muso (cognomen, Narbonensis) (Molinari 1974: 73 f., Tibiletti Bruno 1984: 121), but no Celtic etymology suggest itself. See also musa (Noricum) discussed by Lochner von Hüttenbach 1989: 110 and Meid 2005: 277, the latter comparing mutsa and speculating about a potential Celtic name element *muts- with the tau gallicum sound; see further muθikuś. A name musu (and derivations) of unknown origin also appears in Etruscan inscriptions, especially at Chiusi (e.g. CIE 5547, 5545 musu, 4708 musunia); see Tibiletti Bruno 1978: 160 with further comparanda from Latin inscriptions, e.g. musi (gen.) on a stamp from Campodistria (SL) and muso in a terra sigillata stamp (OCK 1218).

Morandi 1999: 159, n. 31 f., De Hoz 1990: 315–329


CIE Carl Pauli, Olof August Danielsson et al. (eds.), Corpus Inscriptionum Etruscarum. (3 volumes, various parts)
CIL Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities, Corpus Inscriptionum Latinarum. (17 volumes, various supplements)
De Hoz 1990 Javier de Hoz, "El genitivo celtico de los temas en -o-", in: Francisco Villar (ed.), Studia indogermanica et palaeohispanica in honorem Antonio Tovar et Luis Michelena, Salamanca: Ediciones Universidad de Salamanca 1990, 315–329.