From: Old-Irish-L [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Helen McKay
> Some years back we had a thread talking about the names Cairbre, Cormac and the element Corb. I’m continuing the thread so that anyone interested can use the ‘previous’ button to follow it back. The discussion didn’t really determine what the possible ‘corb’ element is, whether separately or within possible names. The idea that Cairbre and Cormac hold the base of ‘chariot’ was dismissed as unlikely at the time, but it is still commonly repeated on the web, really because nothing else acceptable seems to be available to better it.
> The forms of ogam given by McManus are : CORBAGNI, CORBBI, CORBI, CORIBIRI, CORRBRI, the last two appearing to end as the very common name Cairbre/Cairpre.
I am less sceptical about the derivation of these words from corb "chariot" now. It's probably the best solution we have at the moment.