), mentioned by Ptolemy as a population of European Sarmatia (3.5.24) lying to the north of the Carpiani, and the south of the Bodini (Βωδινοί
is as likely a place as any for these Gevini.
The name of this locality is generally deduced from Buch==Beech-tree,
so that it==the land of the beeches.
But the word Buch
is German; whereas Buchowinia is Slavonic. Now if we allow ourselves to suppose the root gevin
to be a geographical
term (i. e. the name of a tract of land), we have a better derivation. No habit is commoner with the Slavic populations than to prefix to a noun denoting a locality the preposition po
is the country on the sea:
a population on the Elbe (in Slavonic, Laba
) was called the Po-labingi.
As examples of this kind may be multiplied, the hypothesis that the Buchowinia
is the country of the population on the Gevin
) becomes allowable.