> I am thinking of the personal name Lleuddun (supposed to be a personage
in the 6th century)
Lleuddun (whose name has a myriad of spelling variations in the medieval
sources) may simply be a legendary character - and eponymous founder figure
for the region
Lugudunon (Latinized as *Luguduniānā, whence medieval Welsh Lleuddinyawn).
Of course, it's not impossible that if he was a real man, he was named for
his place of origin; or, given that *duno- was also an element in ancient
Celtic personal names (and not just place names), we could
"fortress" in a figurative sense, "He who is a fortress [i.e. defender]
like/through Lugus" (*lugu- may also be a common noun here and not a
> I wasn't so much thinking of it being borrowed from Irish > British so
much as if it occurs
as a personal name in primitive Irish I would have expected a similar
personal name to be
already native to primitive British - does this make any difference to how
one might expect
it to have developed?
The Proto-Celtic root *aidu- apparently did not survive in Brittonic; if
it did, I think we would expect it to produce Welsh *oedd.
- Chris Gwinn