They were probably descended from the Hermunduri, a Suevic people referred to by Tacitus as living in this region during the 1st century.
men of the mark, or border), the name of a Suevic tribe.
Most likely they were descendants of the Marcomanni, Quadi and Narisci, tribes of the Suevic or Swabian race, with possibly a small intermixture of Gothic or Celtic elements.
In these respects the Suevic and Visigothic conquests left a more permanent impression, especially in the northern provinces.
LOMBARDS, or Langobardi, a Suevic people who appear to have inhabited the lower basin of the Elbe and whose name is believed to survive in the modern Bardengau to the south of Hamburg.