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Reconstruction:Proto-Germanic/daniz

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This Proto-Germanic entry contains reconstructed words and roots. As such, the term(s) in this entry are not directly attested, but are hypothesized to have existed based on comparative evidence.

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Proto-GermanicEdit

EtymologyEdit

Possibly from Proto-Indo-European *dʰenh₂- (run, flow). Or possibly from the same root as den (i.e. "lowland").

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

*daniz m

  1. a Dane

InflectionEdit

i-stemDeclension of *daniz (i-stem)
singular plural
nominative *daniz *danīz
vocative *dani *danīz
accusative *danį *daninz
genitive *danīz *danjǫ̂
dative *danī *danimaz
instrumental *danī *danimiz

Derived termsEdit

DescendantsEdit

The first mention of the Danes by name is in the 6th century by Jordanes. It's not certain whether the Danes existed as a group long before that time, and so whether the name was used to refer to a tribe in Proto-Germanic. But in any case, historically the name does go back to this form.