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Avithohol means "bred by deer". It is a common legend that covers all Asia and Europe of a prince left in the forest/mountain and bred by a wild animal.
-- mandor  4/25/2005
I think the HUNS are Mongolian original people and Attila was one of Mongolian kings if I'm not wrong. Today there is a alcohol beverage called Attila.
-- Anonymous User  7/19/2005
Attila was the leader of the Turkic tribe, the Huns. And his name means "Horse and Arrow". "At" means Horse and "Tilla" or "Tila" means Arrow in ancient Turkic languages.
-- mseyis  12/17/2005
Though commonly pronounced with the accent on the second syllable, it is properly accented on the first.
-- Kosta  3/7/2006
Czech singer & songwriter Radùza has a son Attila, born June 2007.
-- Karcoolka  7/3/2007
Everyone thinks of Attila the Hun (the main honcho in the world of the Huns) but I watched a show on the Discovery Channel where they said that his name wasn't even really Attila, they just said it wrong once way back in history and it ended up being written down so now everyone is under the misinterpretation that this was his name. I feal bad for him, he did all that stuff so his name would go down in history and they got it wrong.
-- livieluvbug  12/6/2007
Don't feel bad for him. He was not a nice guy (to put it mildly!).
-- Kosta  5/1/2008
If I didn't know anything about Attila the Hun or anything I would probably think this sounds a little like a feminine name.
-- Pippin  5/5/2008
ATTILA was the most famous ruler of the Hunnic Empire that in the 6th century extended from modern day Turkey in the East to central France in the West.

There are many misconceptions about his name. Some say that originally his name was spelled differently or that it has Germanic origin.

This is not true and there is proof for that. Priscus, the famous Roman historian and ambassador to ATTILA's court, wrote several documents where he consistently spells the king's name as ATTILA. These were of course written in Latin.

ATTILA spoke Latin very well since he spent several years in Rome as a child hostage, a common practice at the time where neighboring kingdoms exchanged royal hostages as an assurance against attacking each other.

In the light of his powerful ego, it is certain that the misspelling or mispronouncing of his name would have resulted in serious consequences for the perpetrator. One instance sheds light on his extreme self confidence: when he was attacking the Western Roman Empire, he sent a messenger to the Emperor with a simple message: "King ATTILA, thy master and mine, bids you to prepare a palace for his arrival."

The Huns were a proud nation even under ATTILA's predecessors (his father and then his uncle) and it is extremely unlikely that they would have given a Germanic name to a royal Hun.

In fact ATTILA put together a strong coalition of nations (including Germanic tribes, Visigoths, etc.). The Huns were so powerful that many times the kings of those nations walked in front of ATTILA's triumphal chariot.

Therefore, we can be certain that his name was pronounced as "atilla" and we can also accept Priscus' spelling of it as authentic.

ATTILA has been a popular boy name in Hungary throughout the centuries. The only other country where the name is used is Turkey. In the rest of Europe the name ATTILA still evokes distressing emotions and fear which is reflected in Giuseppe Verdi's famous opera titled "ATTILA".
-- Hunnia  5/19/2009
Unless you're Hungarian or Turkish, I wouldn't recommend this name. The association with Attila the Hun will be too much for everyone.
-- bananarama  10/3/2009
Attila Mellanchini was the name of an exceedingly villainous character in Bernardo Bertolucci's epic film Novecento (or 1900). He was played by Donald Sutherland.
-- Kosta  10/7/2009
I think it's rather sweet and fine yet strong, though it wouldn't work well outside Europe. My brother has it, and he had few problems with it. Then again, he's an adult, it's a new generation, and a boy growing up now might not have as much credibility. Attila the Hun being learned more about in schools doesn't really help either.
-- Kerules  10/12/2009
Attila Dargay was a Hungarian animator.
-- bathos  7/30/2010
Attila József is often called the greatest Hungarian poet of the 20th century. He wrote over 600 poems in his short life (he died when he was 32). Most Hungarians think of him before the Hun when the name Attila is brought up.
-- bathos  8/15/2010
In Hungarian the correct pronunciation is closest to 'ɔtillɔ with a long L; and (at the end and at the beginning) something like the vowel in the word god. But in fact English language does not have the exact sound for that.

Turkish people pronounce it the same way except they say a short L.
-- attila  9/14/2010
Attila is the most common form in Hungary, but Atilla (1 t, 2 ll-s) is also used. It looks more archaic.

I wonder if the Italian name, Attilio have any relations to Attila.
-- attila  9/14/2010
Attila a very common, manly, and classic Hungarian name. In Hungary, this name doesn't bring to mind the Hun at all.

It's also my brother's name, and my family grew up in the US. He didn't attend public school, so he didn't have any bullying problems with his name. People often raise eyebrows when they hear his name, however (and I get awfully defensive). Very few people have any trouble pronouncing it, at least.
-- bathos  12/4/2010
"Little father"? So Attila means "Daddy"? I'm not so sure about this name in the first place.
-- gaelruadh19  12/5/2010
This is also a given name in Turkey. Variants of the name include 'Atilla' and 'Atila'. [noted -ed]
-- Shibbeh  8/17/2011
Giuseppe Verdi wrote a beautiful opera called Attila.
-- Koenigin der Nacht  10/13/2012
It is ati-i-la, ati-the father, I la-left, it means the father left to him, it is in Illyrian, the ancestors of Albanians.
-- Anonymous User  11/28/2013
When written in upper case in Turkish, it is written ATTİLA with an upper case dotted i. [noted -ed]
-- Shibbeh  10/8/2014
Attila Csihar- a Hungarian black metal vocalist, most known as a member of the band Mayhem, born March 1971.
-- Tiger Lilly  10/15/2014

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