Origin of the name ODOVACAR.
Etymology of the
Meaning of the baby name ODOVACAR.
Latinized form of Gothic Teutonic Audvakr
(q.v.), meaning "treasure watcher." It is the form used by
Ennodius. (History of Christian
Names, Yonge, 1884). Also written Odoacer.
Rackus renders the name from the Lithuanian, "the real
knight" or "leader of the knights." See Vadakaris.
(Guthones, Rackus, 1929)
... The barbarian troops in the
Roman service demanded of the Patrician that he should make them a gift
of one-third of every landed estate in Italy. Orestes refused, and
the whole mixed multitude of Goths, Scirians, Rugians, Turcilings,
Herules, and Alans, which now formed the great bulk of the military
force of the western empire, rose at once in rebellion. They chose
as their king Odovacar or Odoacer [Audawakrs], the son of that Edica the Scirian, whom we have mentioned
as having been associated with Orestes in Attila's embassy to
Constantinople. (The Goths, from the Earliest Times to the End of the
Gothic Dominion in Spain, Bradley, 1899)