Sunday, June 19, 2022


Some European Personal Names

Calvert Watkins, "Two Celtic Notes," in Peter Anreiter and Erzsébet Jerem, edd., Studia Celtica et Indogermanica: Festschrift für Wolfgang Meid zum 70. Geburtstag (Budapest: Archaeolingua Alapítvány, 1999), pp. 539-543, rpt. in his Selected Writings, ed. Lisi Oliver, Vol. III: Publications 1992-2008 (Innsbruck: Institut für Sprachwissenschaft der Universität Innsbruck, 2008 = Innsbrucker Beiträge zur Sprachwissenschaft, 129), pp. 916-920 (at 919, on the etymology of Gaulish buððutton):
[T]he number of European personal names like Mentula, Couillard, Schwanz, Schmuck, perhaps Gvozdanović and quite possibly Wacker-nagel would suggest the male organ as a likelier onomastic etymon than 'kiss.'
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