According to Cornelio Tácito tells us in his De origine et situ Germanorum ("Of the origin and territory of the Germans"), the gentilicio Germans comes from the eponymous
of a god: "They celebrate the ancient songs, which is the only kind of memories and annals they have, to a god named Tuiston, born of the earth, and his son
Manno, who is said to be from whom these people originated ... "(Celebrant carminibus antiquis, quod unum apud illos memoriae et annalium genus
est, Tuistonem deum terra editum. Ei filium Mannum, originem gentis conditoremque,…, Tac. Germ., 2). Manno had three children, and the descendants of one
of them they were called "Herminones". But the name Germania was relatively recent [for his time] (Ceterum Germaniae vocabulum recens et). But
what Tacitus here clearly refers to is the Gentile for all Germans, since clearly, as he goes on relating, the Germans were a tribe that
she was the first to cross the river Rhine and drive out the Gauls; that tribe were the Tungros, who were then called Germans (ac nunc Tungri, tunc Germani
vocati synt) [* some editions change from Germanos to Tungros, but for this purpose it does not matter to us]. In this way, Tacitus leads us to the origin of
name, and also explains its popularization and extension towards the nomination of other adjacent tribes. "So the name of this nation, not the name of the people,
was gradually gaining strength, and all the others at first took the name of the victorious, due to the fear that it imposed, so that they invented
themselves and called themselves by the name of Germanos "(ita nationis nomen, non gentis evaluisse paulatim, ut omnes primum a victore ob metum, mox etiam
a se ipsis, invention nomine Germani vocarentur. Tac. Germ., 2).
What is lost in later interpretations is the name of the god, from which Deutsch derives, which gives rise to the name of the nation Deutschland (land
of the Teutons). The variations in writing are due to an oral tradition from which the phonetic meaning was being collected. But look where you look at the
gentilicio -germano- derives from the eponymous of the god. That god is the same civilizing god that the Egyptians called Thoth. Plato calls it Θευθ (Pl. Phdr.,
274c; Phlb., 18b) and on the Rosetta Stone he appears as Θουθ (Rosetta Stone, 1, 49). In Latin Cicero calls him Theuth (ND., 3, 22, 56) and Lactantius Thoyth (Instit.
Div., 1, 6, 3). And as Cicero confirms us in the same passage that god is the Argifonte (killer of Argos) and the one who after killing Argos fled to Egypt
where he invented writing and bequeathed laws to the Egyptians, and in Egypt they called him Theuth [Mercury] (hunc Aegyptii Theuth appellant). Mercury is the name
Latin that was given to Hermes (Greek god). Hermes is a civilizing god and philanthropist. According to the Homeric Hymn to Hermes, he was the argiphon and the god
interpreter (hence 'hermeneutics'). Thus Theuth (Teut, Deutsch), as well as Tuiston, whence come the Tungros or Teutons, is the same Hermes and his
descendants -Hermogenes- Herminones, where Germanos comes from. So that the Germans are the descendants of Hermes or Teut, who according to Tacitus,
It was only the name of a tribe, but as they were brave warriors, for having expelled the Gauls from the other side of the Rhine, the other tribes were adopting
the same name.