The Suevi, Alani and Vandals entered Iberia between AD 407 and 409.
All three tribes settled for a time, but the Alani
and Vandals were pushed out by
the Visigoths. The Suevi, concentrated in the northwest of Iberia, were
relatively free of any pressure to move.
In Gallicia they chose an inland area with a good history of mining in
which to settle. In Portugal they seem to have chosen areas particularly
suited to flax cultivation. The Romano-Lusitanians concentrated close to
the towns and there seems to have been reasonable co-habitation between
the two races.
It is noticeable that in their parishes the Suevi graveyards are close
churches while in the Romanic areas they are about as far as possible from
church and settlement. A Suevi parish can still be spotted by the look of
the people - blondes and all. The ethnic cleansing that genetic studies
show to have taken place in Saxon lands in Britain seems not to have happened
The local folk costumes bear all this out - they show a 'true'
form of the now (in Germany) bastardised dirndl - in the more Suevi
areas they tend to be 'tits in the window' as they call it - as in modern
Local words for textile tools etc are nearly all Swabian. Roca (Rock -
distaff), Traje (Trachen) etc. As with language (cf the English spoken on Tangier Island Chesapeake Bay), cultural individuality survived well at
the margins of colonisation and merged with the natives at the centre.