Thanks Charlie!

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Subject: Re: Choosing a word for "German"

I should think that the Italian "tedesco" would belong to the D group.

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Hello everyone.

For my conlang, Asirka, I was thinking about how to render the word for German.  Asirka is language isolate which I envision to be central-eastern European. I have looked at most of the languages of Europe to see how each has rendered. I see 7 (maybe it’s 6) roots which I am categorizing by their first letter:


D, T, G, A, N, S, V.


D & T: I suspect are the same and that a related word in English is Teutonic.

G:  appears to come from Latin Germanus

A: appears to be from Latin Alaman

N: from a Slavic source (I have no Slavic etymological resources – but seems to be consistent and seems to have influenced Hungarian)

S: I presume derives from Saxon

V: I have no references for Baltic languages.


It would seem interesting to derive from Saxon or as I’m thinking about it maybe from some other pre-unification state-name, (maybe Preußen – Prussian or Old Prussian: Prūsa)


Perhaps there is someone that can shed more light on this study? What are the N and V roots? Am I correct about the S root? Are D & T really the same root?


My study list of names follows my signature.


Thanks everyone,





Afrikaans: Duitse

Dutch: Duits

German: Deutsch

Yiddish: דייַטש


Danish: tysk

Icelandic: Þýska

Norwegian: tysk

Swedish: tyska


Albanian: gjermanisht

English: German

Esperanto: germane

Greek: Γερμανός

Italian: germano

Macedonian: германски



Basque: Alemaniako

Catalan: alemany

French: allemand

Galician : alemán

Portuguese: alemão

Spanish: alemán

Welsh: Almaeneg



Belasusian: нямецкі

Bosnian: njemački

Bulgarian: немски

Croat: njemački

Czech: Němec

Hungarian: német

Polish: niemiecki

Russian: немецкий

Serbian: немачки

Slovak: Nemec

Slovene: nemški

Ukrainian: німецький


Estonian: saksa

Finnish: saksa


Latvian: vācu

Lithuanian: Vokietijos