uenia

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Attestation: NO·18 (metelui:maeśilalui:uenia:metelikna:aśmina/krasanikna) (1)
Status: uncertain
Language: Lepontic
Word Type: proper noun
Semantic Field: personal name

Grammatical Categories: nom. sg. fem.
Stem Class: i̯ā

Morphemic Analysis: u̯en-i̯ā Attention, needs to be checked!
Phonemic Analysis: enā
Cognates in: Vena
Meaning: "Uenia" or "family"

Commentary

Maybe a hypochorism of a compound of veni- like uenu. Previous interpretations of this form as a vocative are dubious. Cf. Gaul. ουευιτοουτα, Venicarus, Venimarus, Vennus, Ogam annveni, OIr. fine meaning "family" (Lejeune 1971: 51, fn. 126, 62, fn. 190, 74, Hamp 1974: 14, Motta 2000: 213, RIG: I 106, Holder 1896-1907: III168-173, CIIC 214, KGP: 289-290, GPN: 277-279, DLG: 313, Delamarre 2007: 194, 195, 235-6, McCone 1996: 105, Matasović 2009: 413-4, De Bernardo Stempel 1999: 371, IEW: 1147, Stüber 2005: 63, 91, De Vaan 2008: 661).

See also Eska & Evans 2009: 35; Pellegrini 1983: 36 (< *gwenia); Tibiletti Bruno 1978: 149; McCone 1993.

Bibliography

AcS Alfred Holder, Alt-Celtischer Sprachschatz, Leipzig: Teubner 1896-1907. (3 volumes)
CIIC R[obert] A[lexander] S[tewart] Macalister, Corpus inscriptionum insularum Celticarum, Dublin: Stationery Office 1945–1949.
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.
Delamarre 2007 Xavier Delamarre, Noms de personnes celtiques dans l'épigraphie classique. Nomina Celtica Antiqua Selecta Inscriptionum, Paris: Errance 2007.
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.
Eska & Evans 2009 Joseph Francis Eska, David Ellis Evans, "Continental Celtic", in: Martin J. Ball, Nicole Müller (eds), The Celtic Languages, 2nd edition, London – New York: Routledge 2009.
GPN David Ellis Evans, Gaulish Personal Names. A Study of Continental Celtic Formations., Oxford: Clarendon Press 1967.
Hamp 1974 Eric P. Hamp, "Marginalia Lepontica", Études Celtiques 14/1 (1974), 193–194.