The Homeric name Eetion may be Lycian-Milyan: *Eheti- + -wñni-, where *Eheti- is a Lycian sibling of the Milyan *esete- (GLyk 78, s.v. esetesi-), from which the adjective esetesi- "victorious" (Lebrun 1990 [1]: 167), corresponding to the Luwian ašattaššiš- (Archi 1975 [2]; CLL 35). Considering the Milyan personal name Eseti- (GLyk 78-79) too, Eetion might be explained assuming the change between Luwian adjective suffix -aššiš- and the Luwian suffix ‑wanni (Rieken & Sasseville 2014 [3]: 304) or its Milyan equivalent -wñni-(Gusmani 1968 [4]).

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  2. Archi, A., Divinità tutelari e Sondergötter ittiti. SMEA, 1975. 16: p. 89-117.
  3. Rieken, E. and D. Sasseville, Social Status as a Semantic Category of Anatolian: The Case of PIE*-wo, in Munus amicitiae. Norbert Oettinger a collegis et amicis dicatum, H.C. Melchert, E. Rieken, and T. Steer, Editors. 2014, Beech Stave Press: Ann Arbor-New York. p. 302-314.
  4. Gusmani, R., Zur Deutung einiger milyischer Wörter. Archív Orientální, 1968. 36: p. 1-18.