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Attestation: BG·34 (ụitili) (1)
Language: Celtic
Word Type: proper noun
Semantic Field: personal name

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

Morphemic Analysis: u̯īt-il-(i̯-)ī or u̯ind-il-(i̯-)ī
Phonemic Analysis: /ītill()ī/ or /indill()ī/
Meaning: 'of Uitilios'


Masculine personal name in the genitive. The basic analysis and segmentation are clear, but a few uncertainties remain. The comparison with the nominative uitilios suggests a i̯o-stem, but u̯itillos is equally likely as the underlying name. The best comparanda are found in uindilla, uindillus, uindillius from u̯ind- 'white' (see Delamarre 2007: 200). 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. with 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).

Corinna Salomon


Birkhan 1970 Helmut Birkhan, Germanen und Kelten bis zum Ausgang der Römerzeit, Wien, Graz: Böhlau 1970. (2 volumes, volume 2 not published)
Delamarre 2007 Xavier Delamarre, Noms de personnes celtiques dans l'épigraphie classique. Nomina Celtica Antiqua Selecta Inscriptionum, Paris: Errance 2007.