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Attestation: AO·3 (ụerkọu) (1)
Status: unlikely
Language: perhaps Celtic
Word Type: proper noun
Semantic Field: personal name

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

Morphemic Analysis: ued-ik
Phonemic Analysis: /edikū/ or /ēdikū/
Meaning: 'Uedicou'


See the inscription page on the doubtful reading.

Final -⟨ou⟩ is most likely a Greek-influenced spelling for the on-stem nom. sg. ending as in Gallo-Greek (cf. Marinetti & Prosdocimi 1994: 44 f.), unless it reflects an actual diphthongisation of -ū to -ou̯; an orthographic compromise between the vernacular ending and the Latinised ending may also be possible – cf. the coin legends NM·9 anatikou and NM·13 prikou for further discussion. The name, if the reading is correct, is a hypocorism derived with the suffix -ik-. A base u̯ed- is not common in Gaulish onomastics; cf. uedia, uediacus, uedius, ued[-]ic[ (Delamarre 2007: 192). Etymologically, it could be u̯ēd- from PIE *u̯ei̯d- 'see' (not attested in Gaulish) or u̯ed- from PIE *gʰedʰ- 'ask, wish' (in Gaul. L-100 uediiumi).

David Stifter, Corinna Salomon


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