Wednesday, 28 May 2014


"The Meeting of Leo the Great and Attila" by Raphael

Origin: Gothic
Meaning: "little father"
Gender: Masculine
Pronunciation: ə-TIL-ə

The origin of Attila comes from the Gothic atta meaning "father" and a diminutive suffix, -ila.
Attila the Hun was a 5th-century ruler of the Huns, and the leader of the Hunnic Empire. He invaded and ravaged Europe before being defeated at the Battle of the Catalaunian Plains in Gaul. Subsequently, he invaded Italy, devastating the northern provinces, but was unable to take Rome. He planned campaigns against the Romans until his death in 453.

The Germanic variation, Etzel, was used in a medieval German saga the Nibelungenlied. In the story, the character Etzel is a fictional version of Attila the Hun.

   Related names:

Atila - Turkish, Spanish (m)
Atilay - Turkish (m)
Atilla - Turkish (m)
Edsel - Various (m)
Etel - Hungarian (f)
Etele - Hungarian (m)
Etelka - Hungarian (f)
Etzel - Germanic (m)

Attila is ranked #21 in Hungary.

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