On Sun, 20 Mar 2016 15:12:46 -0700, Christopher Gwinn <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>Lugudunon (Latinized as *Luguduniānā, whence medieval Welsh Lleuddinyawn).
I've been told the suffix -iawn or -ion was often added to personal names to give the name of a district ('territory of x') for example Cunedda's sons Ceretic, Abloyc, Etern, and Osmail are remembered in Ceredigion, Aflogyon, Edeyrnion, and Osmeliaun.
>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
Yes this was my initial thought that his name could be a backwards formation to explain the name Lleuddinyawn but then I remembered *Luguaidonas etc and I was curious
>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
So Luguaidonas > Lleuoeddon then? And there's no way that would end up shortened to Lleuddun or something similar?