GENDER: Masculine
PRONOUNCED: ə-TIL-ə (English)   [key]
Meaning & History
Means "little father" from Gothic atta "father" combined with a diminutive suffix. This was the name of a 5th-century leader of the Huns who invaded and ravaged Europe before finally being slowed down at the Battle of the Catalaunian Plains in Gaul. Attila was the name given to him by his Gothic-speaking subjects in Eastern Europe; his real name may have been Avithohol.
Related Names
VARIANT: Etele (Hungarian)
FEMININE FORM: Etelka (Hungarian)
OTHER LANGUAGES: Etzel (Germanic Mythology), Atila, Atilla, Attila (Turkish)
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