Quote Originally Posted by Taranis View Post
I commented on this over in linguistics in a recent thread.

Virtually all of the so-called "Germanic" tribes of Belgic Gaul (such as the Eburones, Nervii, Nemetes) have exclusively Celtic tribal, personal, place and deity names.
Eburones could possibly be derived from German "Eber", boar. That was an animal associated with warriors - Take for instance Germanic names and boar crested helmets mentioned in Beowulf and found at sites. The Eburones were "destroyed" by Caesar, and afterwards a tribe called Tungri was mentioned in the area. Now, that name certainly is Germanic. Interestingly enough they left a number of votive steles celebrating a goddess with a Celtic name with a Germanic twist: Viradecdis. While her name is undoubtedly Celtic, having the suffix -es or -is rather than -a is probably of germanic origin.


Mind you, this is everything but conclusive evidence.

Quote Originally Posted by Taranis View Post
In my opinion, people get that "Germanic" connotation the wrong way. The word "Germani" itself is probably of Celtic origin ("neighbours" or "near ones"), and the way Caesar used it, it should be understood as a geographic origin, rather than as an ethnic or linguistic indicator.
Caesar also mentioned the Germani Cisrhenani came from the other side of the Rhine.