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Subject: celtic names
From: Leslie Jones <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:CELTIC-L - The Celtic Culture List.
Date:Wed, 23 Feb 1994 16:02:04 -0800
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as far as i can tell, most celtic versions of biblical names are the
biblical name pronounced in a gaelic or welsh way.  "j" doesn't exist
as a real sound in celtic languages, so it's turned into a "sh",
spelled "si" (i am not going to risk winging it with the phonetic
symbols here), for instance.  there's a rather fun book called Beyond
Sean and Shannon--lots of irish names of all types, but if you really
wanted to avoid references to jehovah, my suggestion would be to coin
a name using gaelic or welsh elements and replacing the "jehovah" bit
with either the name of a deity you're particularly fond of, or a
generic gaelic "diu", welsh "diw" (god) or gaelic "dia", welsh
"diwes" (goddess).  -dia could certainly be a productive ending for a
female name.  myself, i'm quite fond of river-goddess names--shannon,
of course, but also sabrina (hafren, the severn), sequanna, boand
(the boyne), etc--i always think of them as the avon ladies.
 
leslie jones
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