User comments for Attila (Meaning / History Only)

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
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
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
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
The Hun leader originally spelled it as Atilla, from the Hungarian Atya (creator, God) + illan (fly/strike) = Atilla, meaning Scourge of God/Arrow of God. Codex Gesta Hungarorum says that Árpád, the Grand Prince of the Hungarians is the descendant and successor of Atilla.
― Anonymous User  12/7/2016

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