On Do, 8.04.2010, 19:17, Dennis King wrote:
> Fergus Kelly "Crimthann 'fox' and other formations in -thann, -thenn"
> at the 13th ICCS
And he also spoke about the matter here:
> Ach céard a dúirt sé? An cuimhin le haon duine anseo?
I can't remember the details, but it seemed to make sense to me at the time.
> Crimthann was apparently one of the most popular names in Early
> Ireland. I suppose that the proud bearers didn't quite realize that
> they were named "Stinky", more or less. ;-)
If "crimthann" was indeed a name for "fox", it had some totemistic
significance. The fox is not an animal one must be ashamed of being
compared to. The surname "Fuchs" is quite frequent hereabouts (it's also
my mother's maiden name), as indeed is English "Fox".