Mystery Monday: Goluli

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 have, we simply haven’t any idea whatsoever what their origins might be. Eventually, we will probably give up on some of them, and enter them into the Dictionary with “origin unknown”, but we don’t want to do that, and always hope that somewhere, sometime, someone might have a clue that will help us puzzleout the name.

Today’s name is one of those. It’s recorded in a Latin document from 13th C Poland, and we’re forced to admit, we haven’t a clue. Do you? Please share any thoughts you have in the comments!




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2 responses to “Mystery Monday: Goluli

  1. Diego Segui

    This name appears as Goluh (sometimes Golub) in most transcriptions of this document, so Goluli must be just a misreading. Also mentioned as “Goluh et Andreas filii Sulconis” (Monumenta Medii Aevi Historica Res Gestae Poloniae Illustrantia I, 18). See O. Jardetzky, “The Ciolek of Poland” p. 33 for an identification of this comes Goluh.

  2. Brian M. Scott

    Goluli seems to be a transcription error for Goluh. A German summary of the document in Hennes given in M. Perlbach, ed., Preussische Regesten bis zum Ausgange des dreizehnten Jahrhunderts, p. 22f, gives the same name as Graf Goluch, and with that much of a pointer I found Comes Goluh 1228–1235 in W. Taszycki, Słownik staropolskich nazw osobowych, vol. 2, s.n. Goluch. What appears to be the same name also appears in the Latin ablative as Goluchone. I can’t help with the actual etymology, however.

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