Here are some of the possible explanations of the origin of the so-called Illyrian tribal names.
The names of the Balkan Dalmatians (Glamočani) and North-European Delaminci (Glomači) could be taken as the most important (crucial) evidence that Slavic tribes were living in the Balkan even in the most ancient B. C. times.
Albanoi; family names Albijanić, Labanić; Labović, Albić, Alavanja, Labus; toponyms Lab, Labin.Lapovo (obviously Albanoi and Labeati were the two names of the same Slavic tribe called Labani or Labinjani (related to the Serbian verb livati/liti (pour, libation); when prefixed by the preposition *sa- (with) Labani could became S-labani, S-lavani (Slavs); of course these two names, Labani and Slabani/Sloveni/Slavs are most closely related and I will explain it soon in a new thread.
Amandes; Serbian tribe Mandići.
Andizetes; Serbian tribe Antići; ancient Antes; originally derived from the verb goniti /drive, hunt/; hunters.
Ardiaei (Vardaei); Serbian surname Varda, village Varda in central Serbia; related to Dardani, Serbian Tvrdani; Serbian varda is a apheresis of ut-vrda (fortress; t/vrđava) and varda has the same meaning in Serbian as tvrđava (fortress).
Ardian; same as above, varda.
Autariatae; those people were on and around the today\'s Serbian mountain Tara (Western Serbia); Serbian surname Tarana; as we can see the names of the mountain and the river ─ Tara are derived from the same source as the name of the river Drina (Tara is the tributary of Drina) and the name of the ancient Autariatae\'s centar Tariona (all words connected to the Serbian words teranje (driving, forcing, urge or force /a person/ to an action), udariti, udaranje (hit, strike, beat); hence also Illyrian-Slavic tribes Deuri (Serbian family names Devrići, Deurići, Deure, Deronjići, Deretići; when we observe the Serbian verb udarati/udariti (hit, strike, beat) and compare it with other Serbian words as derati (flay), terati (force, drive, terrorize), trenje/treti (de-trition, friction), sa-tirati (destroy) then we are getting a clearer picture what really has happened, not only to the name of the Autariatae tribe but also we are going to understand where the other tribe names (as above Deuri or even Dardani and Dindari; cf. Serbian surname Tintor) originated from.
Breuci; probably Serbi Prečani; from the Serbian adverb preko (over, through, beyond; in this case "beyond the river Drina" - Serbs from Bosnia).
Bylliones; Serbian tribe Bjelani; Serbian town of Bijeljina in Bosnia; Bjelice a tribe in Montenegro.
Carni; Serbian surnames Carić/Karić, Karan/Caran also Zarić all related to the word Car /Czar/).
Catari; Serbian family names Kotarica, Kotorić, Čotrić; from the Serbian kotar (district) or četvrt (quarter, section).
Celegari; maybe Serbian family name Kolesar?; from kola “cart makers”; the name acquired according to the proffesion they mostly were engaged with.
Ceraunii: Serbian Gorani, Goranci highlanders, people from mountains).
Daesitiates; Serbian family names Dostići, Dostanići; from Serbian dostignuti/dostići reach, achieve, acomplish; cf. English destination (from Latin destino -are to make fast, fix down; to fix, determine, settle, appoint)
Dalmatae; in the year 1983 Heinrich Kunstmann wrote a chapter in his book (Die Welt der Slawen) under very interesting heading: Kamen die westslawischen Daleminci aus Dalmatien? (Did the West-Slavic Daleminci come from Dalmatia?; 364-371). Kunstmann writes:
"Dass ebenfalls altsorbisches Glomac aus dem Landschaftsnamen Dalmatia enstanden sein kann, hat eigentlich schon £. Schwarz überzeugend gezeigt. Mit vollem Recht hat Schwarz aber auch altsorbisches Glomac, das noch heute in dem Namen der Stadt Lommatzsch enthalten ist, mit dem dalmatinischen ON Glamoc in Verbindung gebracht, was besagt, dass beide Toponyme Vertretungen für Dalmatia sind, ohne dass dabei einem unbekanten alteuropaischen Volk die Rolle des tertium comparationis zugewiesen werden muss."
Kunstmann follows Germania\'s Serbs called Dalminci/Glomači (Sclavi, qui vocantur Dalmatii) to Illyria\'s Serbs, to Duklya/Dalmatia, to Dlamoch and Glamoch. He also added that there would be no need to search for a certain Old-European (extinct) people, because the etymology of the names Daleminci/ Glomači and the Balkan Dalmatae/Glamoč is clearly Serbo-Slavic. Of course, Kunstmann was right, because the Dalmatian name was born from the Gon-Bel-Gon basis; wherefrom the Serbian word dolmača => dumača (valley, barrow, hole, pit); from Glumača (g=>d velar to dental sound change; i.e. Serbian hum/humka (mound) from hlum or hulm/helm (from humila => gomila heap; also known as mogila; this word suffered a very hard transposition of sounds and syllables within the word); all finally related to the Serbian word oblak (Serb. kobeljanje rolling about; kobeljanje oblaka “rolling of the clouds”; Latin cumulus (heap, pile), accumulo -are heap up, pile up; Serb. n/a-gomilati heap up, pile up). In reality, Serbian glumača and dlumača/dumača have opposite meanings: Glumača/Glamoč/Glomač is the mountainous area and Dlumača is a sub-mountainous region, which appeared to be a deep pit when observed from the mountain\'s heights.
Daorsi; Tresići, Trsići; Serbian village Tršić where the great Serbian linguist Vuk S. Karadžić was born; from trsiti se (be courageous), otresit (self-assured); towns of Trsat in Dalmatia and Trieste in Italy
Dardani; the Serbo-Slavic tribe\'s family and personal names Turudići, Tvrdići, Turudija, Darodan, Tvrdani (interesting in the Bible Darda is "a wise man" and in Serbo-Slavic Darodan is "a gifted man")
Dassaretae; Tesarić (Serbian tesar carpenter; daska board, plank; also German Tischler, Tisch; Serbian Tesla, Teslić from verb tesati hew; testera saw).
Docleatae; Serbian surmane Dugljević; village Dugulja (cf. Duklja the ancient Serbian state) in Crna Gora /Montenegro/; related to Serbian dolina (valley) and daleko (distant); wherefrom the words as Serbian adverb dug (long; from Gon-Bel-Gon basis; do-/b/l-gna => dolina (dingle); do-/b/l-gna => du/l/gina => dlgina => dužina (length); dlgo => dugo (long).
Enchelaeae: probably Serbian surname Angelići, Anđelići; angel.
Glintidiones; Serbian family name Glintići; from glina clay.
Grabaei; Serbian Grabići, places as Grablje, Grabovo; from Serbian grabiti (grab); cf. A kind of tree grab (hornbeam; Lat. Carpinus); cf. Serbian kriv (curved), the well-known Serbo-Slavic tribe Krivići.
Japodes (Jafydes, Japydia, or Japygia, in Italy); probably Serbian surname Japundža (japundža "a kind of a gown"; from Gon-Bel-Gon basis; Serbian /h/oble-gna => obleka (cloth) => oblačenje (clothing); the other possibility is the Serbian word japadno "on the shady (shadowy) side of a hill"; japad => zapad (west); this word is also derived from Gon-Bel-Gon Ur-basis /h/o-pal-gnuti => o/pa/l/dati => opadati (falling) => padati, palo (fall, fallen).
Illyri; there is no one in the world who can say that Illyrian language ever existed; also, no one can say that Illyrians were ever a compact nation. The name Illyric might be connected to the instrument lyra and Latin hilaro -are [to make joyful, to cheer up]. In fact, Illyrians could be named Kolarići in Serbian (cf. today pejorative name for Serbs and Yugoslavs in Germany - Kolaritsch). Of course, the initial velar is omitted in Illyric, just as it happened in thousands of other IE words (cf. Greek ήλιος/helios the sun). (H)elios (the sun) was named like that thanks to the round shape of that star (Serbian kolo circle; Greek κύκλος circle, κυλιστος twined in a circle). The Serbian word KOLO also means \'dance\' (Serb. kolo igrati - dance, celebrate; here we can see that Latin celebratio clearly corresponds to the Serbian word \'kolovrat\' [vrteti se u kolu - to rotate in a circle]).
Now we know that Latin \'hilaro\' is the same word as Serbian \'kolari\' (those who dance, celebrate, kolovrte or vrte se u kolu). The name Slavs also comes from the verb \'slaviti\' (celebrate or dance in a circle). Additionally, Serbian words \'slaviti\' (celebrate) and \'sloboda\' (freedom, liberty) came from the same paleo-basis (shur-bhel-ghon). Interesting, the same logic was present when Albanians took the Latin word \'hilaro\' as their \'liri\' (liberty; from hilabr => liber-).
Lopsi; Serbian tribe Lopušine; probably from Latin lupus (wolf); there is the Serbian word lupež (rogue, villain), also lopov (thief).
Narensii; Neretvljani, Serbo-Slavic river Neretva, Nerodiva (fruitless), similar to the river Nerodimka (from Nerodibka => Nerodivka; cf. Neretva) in Serbia (also infertile, barren) that bore the name Rodimka (fruitfull, fertile), before its bifurcation disappeared (desiccated); cf. the village Nerodimlje by the reiver Nerodimka in Serbia, village Radimlje (near Stolac, Bosnia), and village Radomlje (Slovenia), village Radovlje (Bosnia), village Radoblje (Croatia). In these cases, there are two key words: radjati /rod, rodovi/ (to give birth, genus, relatives) and the word radovati se (be joies), both closely connected because the people of the Balkan consider the birth (especially the son\'s birth) to be the greatest joy possible.
Ortoplini; obviously, the names Rodovlje (rodovlje relatives, genus), Rodoblje, Radovlje, Rodimlje, Radimlje, which could also be derived from the Serbian word rodoljublje (patriotism), Rodoljub (personal name; one who loves his nation) are very close to the above tribe name - Ortoplini. As we know, the Greeks had a custom of adding an initial vowel to the words of the foreign origin (cf. Slavic Radgost, Greek Αρδαγαστος, Egypt/Αιγυπτος from Latin Coptus, Arabic qubtu).
Oseriates; there are many of Slavic tribe names well-known during the Middle Ages: Krivići, Vjatići, Hrvati, Bodrići, Ljutići, Dragovići, Severjani (Severci), Milinzi, Duljebi, Došani, Timočani, Strumičani, Pomorani, Rugini, Poljani, Planjani; (all under the common name Sloveni /Slavs/); Even today, Serbian people in Montenegro are organized in tribes: Vasojevići, Lješnjani, Bjelice, Grbljani, Piperi, Crnmničani, Moračani, Rovčani, Ceklinjani, Njeguši, Drobnjaci, Pivljani, Banjani, Paštrovići, Zećani, Mrkojevići, Bjelopavlići, Cuce, Čevljani, Bratonožić, Herakovići, Mandići, Ozrinići, Pješivci, Zagarač i Komani. In reality, any village of the Balkan Serbs/Slavs could potentially be a new "Illyrian nation". Among medieval tribes was a tribe called Jezerci and that Jezerci could be compared to the Illyrian Oseriates and to the Mentenegrin Ozriniće (the author of this text belongs to the Ozrinic tribe).
Pannoni; there is a division between people living on mountains (Serb. Planinci, ancient Plananji) and the people living in plains (Poljani); similar to the above-mentioned division to Glomače (highlanders) and Du-l-mačane, Dalmate (submountaines people).
Parentini; Serbian family name Parentići; for instance, there is a Serbian tribe in Bosnia called Parjenice (in accordance with a certain implement in which the cloth is steamed (Serb. para steam)
Plearaei; maybe Serbian pljevari (threshing people; Serbian pljeva (chaff).
Sardeati; Serdani; Serbian family names Srdići, Sredići; the hillock Srdj above Dubrovnik.
Scirtones; related to the Balkan PN Skadar, Skradin; Zagradjani, Zagorje; Serbo-Slavic family names Zagorac, Škurtić. Škundrić.
Seleitani; probably Serbian surname Slatinjanin; Serbian slatina (salty land, moor); from the Serbian verb zaliti/saliti wash down, suffuse; hence Serbian zlato (gold) and surname Zlatanić.
Taulanti; cf, Serbian village Tulanovce (Talinovac); in fact, Taulanti is the name similar to Dalmatae; Taulanti are the people living in valleys (Serbian dolina, German Tal); Serbian family name Doljanin, Slovenian Dolanc; cf. village Doljanovci (Slavonija/Croatia).