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Mindaugas was the name of the only king that Lithuania ever had; he united the separate lands thus founding a country, and was crowned in 1253, then killed in 1263.
justinyte  7/7/2012
The second element of this name is derived from Lithuanian 'daug' meaning "much". You already covered this element in the entry for Daumantas in the main database.

According to the current description in the entry for Mindaugas (at the time that I am writing this comment), the first element of the name means either "wisdom" or "fame" in Lithuanian. Of all the Lithuanian-language sources that I was able to find, some state that the first element is derived from the Lithuanian verb 'minėti' meaning "to celebrate" as well as "to remember, to commemorate", whilst others state that it is derived from the Lithuanian noun 'mintis' meaning "thought". At least one Russian-language source (the modern Russian form of the name is Миндовг, with the older Russian form being Мендог) also agrees with the latter derivation. Only the English Wikipedia article for Mindaugas mentions the meanings that are listed in the entry for Mindaugas here: it states that the etymology of the name may be traced back to Lithuanian 'daug menąs' meaning "much wisdom" or to Lithuanian 'daugio minimas' meaning "much fame".

All in all, it seems to me personally that the first element has more to do with the act of thinking and remembering (and is thus more or less related to wisdom) than with the concept of fame.

(Edited to add: you might also want to compare the modern Lithuanian verb 'minti' meaning "to remember, to recall".)

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Lucille  3/6/2017

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