In very basic terms it seems to mean 'to prevail, be strong', as seen in languages ranging from Old Norse and Old High German to Latin and Latvian.Most individual Celtic and Germanic tribal names were made up of a core word, plus two suffixes, one indigenous and one Latin.The last group headed west into what is now France, Spain and Portugal.
This is often overlooked when analysing tribal names.
These names are examined in much greater detail in the entries for each individual tribe.
It is this Unetice group that introduces bronze objects into the region and makes prestigious objects mainly for the elite of the area, and mainly as status symbols.
Many of these bronze objects ended up as votive offerings in bogs.
As time passed these groups began to drift apart, each group speaking the tongue a little differently.
Along what was probably the southern and western edge of these tribes, each group began to expand further south and west.
Then Bell Beaker decorated cup styles, domestic pot types, and grave and dagger types from the middle Danube are adopted around 2600 BC in Moravia and southern Germany, possibly as a result of trade rather than immediate migration.
However, this material network could be the bridge through which pre-Celtic dialects spread into Germany.
This is found on both sides of the Elbe and northwards to the Baltic Sea in what is today the Czech Republic, western Poland and Germany.
It represents a fusion of the Corded Ware and Beaker traditions and is considered by many to be proto-Celtic.
He also echoes Hubert's views that the survival to this day of so many Celtic names for important geographical features (such as the rivers Rhine and Danube) in what are now German-speaking regions points to the names being of indigenous form and of long usage.