Mystery Monday: Ucept

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 from mid-14th century Italy. It’s one of those Latin names that looks like it should be identical with some ordinary word, but no root word appears to be forthcoming. A brief search of googlebooks for “uceptus” gets a number of hits…which upon closer inspection all prove to be OCR errors, and thus provide no help whatsoever.

So we’re looking for help elsewhere: Do you have any thoughts about the origin of this name? Any other examples? Please share in the comments!



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One response to “Mystery Monday: Ucept

  1. Brian M. Scott

    I have only snippet view, but I’m assuming that this is Uceptum de genere tartarorum, ut dixit, et hodie vocatum Iohannem, etatis 14 annorum. If so, the name is probably a Latinization of a ‘Tartar’ name. I don’t know what that would mean in this context; a Turkic name of some kind seems most likely, but a Mongol name may also be a possibility.

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