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  • I'm guessing those old Franks had trouble with the initial vl- cluster and this was the best they could do with the Slavic name Vladomir ("Ruler of peace").

    May 22, 2009

  • Actually, it is a very Germanic name Hlud-/Chlod- meaning fame, as in Chlodoveg/Ludwig, Chlodulf etc

    May 22, 2009

  • Oh, noooo! Look out, here comes Clod the Impaler! doesn't quite have the same ring to it, somehow.

    May 22, 2009

  • I would get annoyed that I laughed out loud in my cubicle, but nobody else is here today, so it doesn't matter. HA HA HA HAA!!!

    BTW, Charlesferdinand, I just want you to know how much joy this list of yours has brought me. Thank you, and I hope you are not annoyed at the tenor of our comments. It's a sign of our sincere interest. :)

    May 22, 2009

  • I am always happy to provoke ursine mirth. And I second c_b's sentiments, CharlesFerdinand - this is indeed an excellent list. And when we make idiotic, goofy comments, we do it out of love.

    (hmmm.. could be a motto for a Wordie T-shirt)

    May 23, 2009

  • I second C_B's laughter and appreciation of the list, CF.

    (But to return to, um, words, I'm still wondering: if Chlodo- is Germanic, how did it get impaled on the Slavic -mir? Is it possible that the Franks registered the Vlado- as their own beloved Chlodo-?)

    May 23, 2009

  • Mir or Mer is Germanic as well, and has to do with fame, as in Theodomir, Waldemar, Ricimer etc. As Swentibold shows, the Franks didn't understand squat about Slavic names. Besides, were talking 5th Century here, when there wasn't a lot Frankish-Slavic interaction.

    May 23, 2009

  • Geez, rolig, with the words and their origins! You'd think you were on some kind of site where people talk about... umm...



    May 23, 2009

  • Thanks for your patience, CF (and everyone), with my abnormal Slavophilia. I will try to keep it under control. You're right, Archduke (sorry, I can't resist calling you that – after all, I do live in Carniola). The 5th century is a little too early for at least West Frankish-Slavic interaction. But there was plenty of interaction with other Germanic types, as can be seen by all the Germanic borrowings in Old Slavic.

    May 23, 2009

  • There's nothing abnormal about it, rolig. Have a good Slavophilic dorkout! You know you want to! :)

    Then, please tag it so we can find it again.

    May 23, 2009