Mystery Monday: Emthyus

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.

Some of the names we consider in this series may ultimately end up having no suitable explanation. Some of them may be scribal errors, or editorial errors. Some may simply be so far corrupted from their origin as to be untraceable. It’s hard to know when to give up on a name and list it as “Of uncertain origin”. However, we sort of suspect that might end up being the case with today’s mystery name, found in 12th C Italy:
Emthyus
Not only have we not found any other example of the name, we aren’t familiar with any similar name. Do you have any thoughts about its origins? Let us know!

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One response to “Mystery Monday: Emthyus

  1. Brian M. Scott

    The same person appears as Emthius in Sacri et canonici Ordinis Præmonstratensis annales, in duas partes divisi. Pars prima, monasteriologiam, sive singulorum ordinis monasteriorum singularem historiam complectens. Tomus II, Charles-Louis Hugo, 1736, in column DLV, as signatory to an 1181 bull of Pope Lucius III. He was presbyter cardinalis titularis sancte Cecilie, i.e., cardinal priest of the title of S. Cecilia. According to Salvador Miranda, The Cardinals of the Holy Roman Church, the titular of S. Cecilia who subscribed papal bulls issued between 1 October 1178 and 24 May 1181 was Cinzio Papareschi. Cinzio is an Italian form of Cynthius, which you already have.

    It’s not hard to see how Cinthius and Cinthyus could have been misread as Emthius and Emthyus, respectively.

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