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Velnias
Posted 2007-05-24 20:36 (#44540 - in reply to #44500)
Subject: RE: meaning of gudai in Samogitia and elsewhere



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Why do you think so? These toponyms named after gudai too: Gudamedis (tree of gudai), Gudaraistis (swamp of gudai), Gudežeris (lake of gudai).  


Are you kidding, how do you imagine Belarusian living in swamps, trees or lakes?

t's quite usual and normal to name places after ethnic group. There are many similar exmples named after others, like Totorkalnis (hill of tatars), Švedkalnis (hill of swedes).  


Find me analogies with lake, tree or swamp.

Hill or mire may be historically connected with war (mire with secret road - kūlgrinda, hill with fortifications or cemetery)

Could be or could not be. For example: in new place settled poles, local inhabitants new village probably would call - village of poles -> Lenkiškiai .
 


Yes, but when they become lithuanized, their progeny can resettle and name their new place after first one.

And location of Gudai in Lithuania confrims this: toponyms are positioned near to slavs or to samogitian dialect but not to subsubdialectics. 


How do you imagine where are those subdialects laid? Between Samogitia and Aukstaitia?

More likely these toponyms should be found in todays Poland or Belarus.  


How do you know that they are not found, remember Pagude (Prussian land)? Goths were migrating people, also they could be traders and etc... How could people confuse a big people community in East with other in West?
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