Comments for the name Aulus

Comments for AULUS:

Although it is traditionally said that this name is derived from Latin aula "palace", it is most likely of unknown Etruscan origin. [noted -ed]
-- Lucille  11/2/2007
Aulus is an ancient Roman praenomen most likely derived from the Latin word "avulus", meaning "little grandfather". (ref. George Davis Chase, "The Origin of the Roman Praenomina".)
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-- Nanaea  6/21/2008
According to this book, Aulus is clearly an Etruscan name in origin:

"The Latin Dialect of the Ager Faliscus: 150 Years of Scholarship" by G.C.L.M. Bakkum. See pages 254 and 255.
Http://books.google.nl/books?id=vUvIWIQMDokC&pg=PA255&lpg=PA255#v=onepage&q&f=false

According to this book, Aulus is the latinized form of the Etruscan male personal name Aule:

"Mediterranean Studies: IV. Etruscan, V. Venetic" by George Hempl. See page 285.
Http://books.google.nl/books?id=enyaAAAAIAAJ&pg=PA99&lpg#v=onepage&q&f=false

The Wikipedia article for the praenomen Aulus states that Aule or Aules (also spelled Avle, Aveles, etc.) is the Etruscan cognate of Aulus.

Http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aulus_%28praenomen%29

This book says that the name (or variant form) Aules is a compromise between Etruscan Aule and Latin Aulus:

"Latin Literature: A History" by Gian Biagio Conte. See page 468.
Http://books.google.nl/books?id=NJGp_dkXnuUC&pg=PA468&lpg#v=onepage&q&f=false

If you look further, you'll find more instances where Aulus is said to be a latinized form of the Etruscan male name Aule, which is said to have been very popular among the Etruscan people. Since Aulus *can* clearly be a latinized form of Aule, I believe that this information should be included in the database entry for Aulus - in addition to the explanations that are already featured. [noted -ed]
-- Lucille  10/16/2012

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