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Goths

History

These were polyethnic bands of mounted warriors from Northern Europe, known by name to the Romans, who settled near the Black Sea in the C2nd AD. They became divided into Ostrogoths and Visigoths. Despite some territorial disputes, the two groups retained close linguistic ties and names were common to both in many cases. Intermarriages took place to strengthen these links in the Middle Ages.

The Ostrogoths or Eastern Goths (Pannonia, Savia, Northern Italy, Moesia, Adriatic) were conquered by the Huns in 372 but regained their independence in 454. They conquered Italy in 488-93 under Theodoric the Great, who overthrew and killed King Odoacer, establishing an Ostrogothic kingdom with its capital at Ravenna. Theodoric had no strong successor and the Ostrogoths disappeared as a nation when the Byzantine Emperor, Justinian I, reconquered Italy in 535-55.

The Visigoths or Western Goths (Balkans, Italy, France, Spain) migrated to Thrace and raided Greece and Italy under Alaric in 395-410, sacking Rome. Alaric died on the way to invade Sicily in 410. They established a kingdom in southern France, from which they were expelled by the Franks, and moved to Spain, founding a kingdom which was conquered by the Moors in 711.

Gothic Names

Male

Ablabius Achila Agila Agiwulf Agriwulf Aidoingus
Aithanarid Alaric Alatheus Alaviv Alica Aligern
Alla Amal Amalaric Ammius Anagastes Andagis
Anianus Ansila Ansis Aoric Apahida Ardabur
Ardaric Argaith Ariaric Arimir Arius Arnegliscus
Arvandus Asbad Aspar Ataulf Ataulph Athalaric
Athanagild Athanaric Atharid Athaulf Babai Badua
Baduila Baza Berig Berimud Berimund Bessa
Bessas Bessi Beuca Beucad Bigelis Bilimer
Borani Braga Brandila Candac Cannabas Cannabaudes
Cethegus Chindasuinth Cniva Cnivida Colias Crocus
Cunigast Cunimund Cyrila Dubius Duda Ebermud
Eberwolf Ebrimud Edica Eraric Eriulf Ermanaric
Ermelandus Ervig Euric Eutharic Farnobius Fastida
Feletheus Feva Filimer Flaccitheus Fravitta Fredegar
Fretela Frideric Fridigern Frigeridus Frithila Fritigern
Gadaric Gainas Gaiseric Galindo Galindus Gaut
Gauterit Geberic Gelimer Gento Gerung Gesalec
Gesimund Getica Goar Goddas Godegisel Godigisclus
Goiaricus Gouththas Gundehar Gundiok Gundobad Gunteric
Gunthigis Gutthikas Hadubrand Heldebald Heldefredus Heribrand
Hermangild Hermenigild Herminafrid Hernegliscus Hildebad Hildebrand
Hilderic Hilderith Himnerith Hisarna Hulmul Huml
Huneric Hunigild Hunimund Hunulf Hunumund Ibba
Ildebad Inna Irnfried Jordanes Lagariman Lampridius
Leovigild Leuvibild Livila Marcomir Modaharius Modares
Munderic Mundo Namatius Naulabates Nidada Niketas
Odoin Odotheus Odovacar Ostrogotha Osuin Ovida
Patza Radagaisus Rausimod Recared Reccared Recceswinth
Rechiar Rechimund Recitach Rekitach Remismund Respa
Retemeris Rhima Ricimer Rictiovarus Rikiar Roderic
Rodolf Roduulf Rudesind Saba Sadagares Safrax
Salla Sangiban Sansalas Saphrax Sarus Segeric
Selenas Shapur Sidimund Sigeric Sigesar Sigibald
Sigismund Sigisvult Sindila Sisbert Sisebut Sisenand
Soas Suatrius Sueridus Sunericus Sunnia Tanais
Tanca Teias Teja Tharuaro Thela Theodahad
Theodehad Theodemer Theoderic Theoderid Theodoric Theodulf
Theudegisel Theudegisklos Theudis Thidrek Thiudimir Thorismud
Thorismund Thrasamund Thrasaric Thraustila Totila Tribigild
Tufa Tuluin Ulfilas Unigild Unila Unimund
Uraias Valamer Valamir Valaravans Valia Vandalarius
Vandil Veduco Vetericus Vetranio Videric Vidigoia
Vidimir Viliaris Vinitharius Visimar Vithimiris Vithmiris
Vitigis Vittamar Vultuulf Wala Walahmar Wallia
Wamba Wella Winguric Witige Wittigis Wittiza

Female

Amalasuintha Amalberga Amalfrida Areagne Chlotsuintha Ereleuva
Erelieva Gaatha Giso Glismoda Gudeliva Helchen
Hunila Kriemhild Matasuntha Ostrogotho Sunigilda Sunilda
Theodananda Thiudigotho Vadamerca Valdamerca Wilgefortis  

Rulers

Ostrogoths

Name

Reign

Family

Wives

Athalaric      
-   Son of A  
Theodoric the Great 474-526? Grandson of Athalaric  

Visigoths

Name

Reign

Family

Wives

Alaric I c370-410    
Ataulf (Adolphus) -415 Brother in law of Alaric Placida, sister of Emperor Honorius
Wallia 415-51    
Euric 466-70    
Alaric II -510    
Athanagild c 564    
Recared c 589 Became Christian  
Roderick c 711    

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