Full text: Interferenz-Onomastik

But there are other Alan names to be found in Ostrogothic Italy. One is 
Parianis, genitive of Paria, who was the husband of a Gothic woman named 
Tulgilo (Ravenna 539, Tjader P30)." It is quite possible that some Alans, or at 
least persons with names of Alan origin, had associated with the Goths on 
their way to Italy.16 Although Paria is not a Gothic name, it is assimilated to 
and treated like a Gothic hypocoristic weak form ending in -a in the nomina¬ 
tive, -an- in oblique cases, and then inflected according to the third Latin 
declension like the Gothic names Annanis, Mannanis, Triwane, etc. (see § 3.3.). 
Then we find a certain Patzenis (genitive of *Patza), a military man 
married to Regina, in the years 523-526 (Cassiodorus Variae V 32, 33). This 
too is an Alan name,1 and it underwent the same process of gothicization and 
of morphological latinization. His wife, who had the Latin name of Regina, 
was implicated in a case of adultery with the Goth Brandila, in turn married to 
Procula. Such couples with Latin and non-Latin names lead us to think that by 
this time mixed marriages could have begun to take place in Ostrogothic 
Italy.18 
Another saio had the Hunnic-likc name of Tutizar (Ravenna a. 508-511, 
Variae IV 27). Finally, three people with the Thracian name Tzittanis, Zittane, 
Tzittani are recorded in the late 6th Century, and a couple of these could have 
been Byzantine functionaries.* 14 This name is gothicized as a hypocoristic form 
ending in -a and then inflected in the third Latin declension. 
2.1. Names of different traditions in the same families 
We begin by mentioning married couples with heterogeneous names, one 
Gothic and the other of different origin. This does not mean much about 
name-giving practice of this period, but it may suggest that possible mixed 
marriages were not infrequent; although we must be well aware that name 
types do not necessarily go together with ethnic origins. In any case we list 
here the possible mixed couples as they are recorded in our sources. 
A woman with the Gothic name of Tulgilo was married to Paria, -anis (see 
|s Another Alan called Paria was Jordanes’ own grandfather, who must have lived in 
the second half of the fifth and early sixth century (Jordanes Get. 51). 
,f' Heather 1996, p. 166, further says that when the Goths left their homes on the 
northern coast of the Black Sea, „they took with them large numbers of subordi¬ 
nates, who, as slaves or freedmen in permanent dependence, actually comprised a 
majority of the population, at least among the sixth-century Ostrogoths.“ 
' To be compared to Iranian ndxiag; (Maenchen-Helfen 1957, p. 281). 
Ix Moorhead 1992, p. 85. 
14 Tzittanis: Tjader P38-41; Reichert I, 730; Wagner 1997, p. 53. Zittane: Classe 
(Ravenna) year 591, Tjader P37. Tzittani: Albenga (Liguria) 568; CIL V 7793, 
Reichert I 730. 
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