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GenderMasculine
PronouncedPron.ə-TIL-ə English
AW-teel-law Hungarian
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Meaning & History

Possibly means "little father" from Gothic atta "father" combined with a diminutive suffix. This was the name of a 5th-century leader of the Huns, a nomadic people from Central Asia who had expanded into Eastern Europe by the 4th century. Attila was the name given to him by his Gothic-speaking subjects in Eastern Europe; his real name may have been Avithohol.
VariantEtele Hungarian
Other Languages & CulturesEtzel Germanic Mythology Atila, Atilla, Attila Turkish
Same SpellingAttila

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Depiction of Attila the Hun by Mór Than (1870)Depiction of Attila the Hun by Mór Than (1870)

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Entry updated July 2, 2017   Contribute