|SÚÐERDÆL SCAÐENÉAGAHEALFÉGLANDES, TÓDÆAG,|
HÁTTE HIT 'SWEDEN' ÆR, SCONÉAG (SCANIA)
WÆRON DENE. BITWUXT DENUM & SWÉOM, WUNDODON
|RURAL LANDSCAPE IN SKÅNE (SCANIA). SWEDEN'S|
SOUTHERNMOST REGION. IT IS ACTUALLY THE URHEIMAT
OF THE DANES & WAS CALLED "ÖSTDANMARK"
(EAST-DENMARK) UNTIL WELL INTO THE MIDDLE-AGES
(from "The Ancient Web.com")
Some historians believe that the ancestral homeland of the Teutons (or Proto-Germanics. As far as we know, they had no endonym. I rather like two terms, Gothonic and Suebo-Gothonic. The terms "German" & "Germanic" are exonyms of disputed etymology. It is likely that the Romans popularized the term "German". It seems to have come into common usage during the Gallic Wars, c. 40BC. Gaius Iulius Caesar [c. July 100BC to 15 March 44BC], better-known as "Julius Caesar".