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Re: OT: Finns.

From:Andreas Johansson <andreasj@...>
Date:Tuesday, February 24, 2009, 22:31
On Tue, Feb 24, 2009 at 11:11 PM, Lars Finsen <lars.finsen@...> wrote:
> It occurred to me today that two of the names used for the Finnish people > might be related. "Kven" is an old name, known perhaps first from Adam of > Bremen, 11th century. "Finn" is even older, known from Ptolemy, 2nd century > CE. Now if "Kven", or "Kwen" or "Kwenn" was borrowed into Celtic at an early > stage, it regularly would become "Pen" or "Penn" (except in Spain or > Ireland). And if "Penn" was borrowed into Germanic before Grimm's Law, > "Fenn" would result. > > Anybody here more in the know about this? Wikipedia tantalisingly mentions a > theory that the two words may be cognates, but gives no reference.
Seems more than a little unlikely - why would Germanics borrow a word for Finns from Celtic? The usual guess is that "Finn" is related to the verb "find" (Sw. _finna_, same in Norwegian I think?), the original Finns being nomads who around finding their food as opposed to sedentary Scandinavian-speakers. -- Andreas Johansson Why can't you be a non-conformist just like everybody else?


Lars Finsen <lars.finsen@...>
Benct Philip Jonsson <bpj@...>