Mystery Monday: Calamutius

Every Monday we will post an entry that hasn’t yet been published with a view towards harnessing the collective onomastic power of the internet. If you have any thoughts about the name’s origin, other variants it might be related to, other examples of its use, etc., please share them in the comments! If you wish to browse other Mystery Monday names, there is an index.

Today’s name is Calamutius, of which we have a single example from 13th C Perugia. It’s one of those names that looks like it should be Latin in origin, but no obvious etymologies are forthcoming.


If you have any thoughts about the origin of this name, please share them in the comments!


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4 responses to “Mystery Monday: Calamutius

  1. Mari

    Perhaps intended as some form of “calamitas”?

  2. Ioanna

    Could it derive from the Latin word for dove, related to Columbo/a? I know these baby name sites are often filled with errors, but I’ve come across Calam before through the more well-known name Callum:
    Or could it have the Greek etymology ‘kalamos’ meaning reed and pen (also where calamari derives from)? Perhaps Calamutios is one of those vocation names like Taylor and Mason, meaning writer or scribe.

  3. Brian M. Scott

    The Ruolo genererale de’ Caualieri Gierosolimitani della veneranda lingua d’Italia of 1689 by Fr. Bartolomeo dal Pozzo lists Fr. Vinciguerra Calamutio del Priorato di Roma as the Comendatore di Rinadello in 1416. In L’Italia nobile nelle sue citta’, e ne’ cavalieri figli delle medeme, i quali d’anno in anno sono stati insigniti della Croce de San Giovanni e di San Stefano, Lodovico Araldi, 1722, his name is given as Vinciguerra Calamuccio.

    I note that this page seems to show a 19th century Calamucio Achille; apparently it survived as a rare forename.

    The name appears to be a diminutive in -uccio of calamo ‘joint of a cane, pipe of a reed; pen; arrow’. The name would therefore appear to be of either occupational origin (for a scribe of some sort) or topographical origin; the former seems a bit more likely. However, for completeness I note that Rätoromanische Ortsnamen aus Pflanzennamen, by August Unterforcher, 1892, derives the place-name Glamutz in Passeier (South Tyrol, Italy) from calamutius, which here would presumably refer to reeds or berry canes of some sort.

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