Lithuanian and Latvian: Vokietija and Vācija, respectively

Whodunit

Senior Member
Deutschland ~ Deutsch/Sächsisch
Hello,

Inspired by this thread, I want to ask you about the etymology for the words Vokietija (language: vokiečių) and Vācija (language: vācu) in Lithuanian and Latvian, respectively. Some dictionaries (Wikipedia) claim it means the people, this page tells me it's from a word meaning west, but I can't find the root for that word. If Wikipedia is correct, the root should be *fulka-, but that seems a bit far-fetched to me. Which etymology is correct?

Thanks in advance. :)
 
  • karuna

    Senior Member
    Latvian, Latvia
    I don't have an access to the Etymology dictionary right now but I wonder about this myself. Could it be that actually it is derived from the name of some tribe that lived in this teritory?
     

    Whodunit

    Senior Member
    Deutschland ~ Deutsch/Sächsisch
    I don't have an access to the Etymology dictionary right now but I wonder about this myself. Could it be that actually it is derived from the name of some tribe that lived in this teritory?
    Hi Karuna and thanks for your reply. :)

    Unfortunately, this doesn't help me much and this (enter vokieči...) is too hard for me to understood. :p Maybe you can make sense out of the latter?
     
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