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Contributor Contrib.Lucille on 6/7/2013
Latinized form of Greek Γουβάζης (Goubázēs) or Γωβάζης (Gōbázēs), which itself is the hellenized form of an ancient Persian compound name. The original Persian form of the name is unclear, as is its meaning. We can, however, make an educated guess regarding the meaning. The first element may possibly have been derived from Old Persian gau meaning "cow, ox, cattle" - compare Gaubaruva and Gobryas. The second element may possibly have been derived from Avestan vazdah meaning "fat, fatness, fattiness, solidity", which itself is derived from Iranian *vazd-ah- meaning "animal fat, grease" - ultimately from the Iranian base vazd- meaning "to nourish" or "nourishment". See Garsivaz (Keresavazdah), but also compare Artabazus (Artavazda) and Pharnabazus (Farnavaz). It is also worth comparing the Persian name Gaodhasti, which supposedly means "one who maintains animals" and may thus be related. Finally, this name was borne by two kings of Lazica - one of them lived in the 5th century AD, the other lived in the 6th century AD.