Usage Ancient Germanic
Other Forms FormsRatgis, Ratigis
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Meaning & History
The first element of this Germanic name comes from Old High German rât "counsel." The meaning and origin of the second element is rather uncertain: we know that it comes from gis (the original form was possibly gîs), but we don't exactly know where gis itself comes from. But there are a few possibilities. It might come from Gallo-Celtic gaiso "spear" (see Gaiseric) or it might be a short form of gisel, which means "hostage" or "pledge" (see Giselle).