Mystery Monday: Quindiverga

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.

We’ve identified more Q names than not (and at one point we’d actually finalized all our Q entries…of course, then we found some new ones), but nevertheless we’ve got a Q name for you this week — an early Spanish name. Is it Gothic? Is it Latin? Is it a mixture? Let us know what you think!



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2 responses to “Mystery Monday: Quindiverga

  1. Really interested to see what people suggest about this name. From an Old English perspective, there’s Cwenburg which, according to Okasha (Women’s Names in OE, pp. 28-29) is recorded in forms including Quoenburg(a) (x2 in Bede’s Ecclesiastical History) and Quenburgam. Could the -u- of -uerga be a lenited -b-? Sadly I don’t know enough about such things to speak with any authority, and this still leaves the 2nd syllable unaccounted for…

  2. Another Galician Germanic name, so it could be Suevian ( and/or Gothic.

    As Robert J S Briggs has suggested, the second -u- (-v-) is a lenited -b- ( < PGmc *bergō):
    Astriverga f 879 (Tumbo de Celanova, 441)
    Viscaverga f 982 (Tumbo de Samos, 982)
    Gundiverga f c. 977 (Tumbo de Celanova, 454)
    Ildiuerga f 1022 (Tumbo I de Sobrado, 133)
    Raniverga f 985 (Tumbo de Celanova, 462)
    Sindiuerga f 842 (Tumbo I de Sobrado, 34)
    Uisteuerga f 883 (Galicia Fondo Antiguo, 9) – but also Vistiverga/Vistiberga 963 (Tumbo de Samos, S-5)
    Teodeuerga f 883 (Galicia Fondo Antiguo, 9)

    Quindiuerga has some probable variants, as:
    Kindiuerga 959 (Tumbos de Sobrado dos Monxes, 20)
    Kindiverga/Kintiverga 941 (Tumbo de Celanova, 452)

    As for Quend-, it can be a rendering of PGmc *Kenþan 'child' (cf. Piel & Kremer 'Hispano-gotisches Namenbuch, p. 188):
    Kintila, Quintila (common in Galicia 9-10th centuries)
    Quintilo f 958-
    Quendamiro, Cendamiro
    Quendulfus, Cendulfus, Kendulfus, Kindulfus (common in Galicia 9-10th centuries)

    The document I mention as Galicia Fondo Antiguo 9 (in ISBN 84-8138-597-2) is a new edition of the original parchment already edited in CDGH XLVII.

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