>Ray, Ceorl is the Old English word for 'man'. It later degenerated
Ceorl is also the name Karl. It is one of a triad, Earl (the nobility),
Carl (the free Farmers), and Thrall (slaves/peasants). See the Norse
Eddas about Rig (Heimdall). He first slept with a nobleman's wife, and
her resulting child was named Earl, and that's where the nobility came
from. Ditto Free Farmers, and slaves.
It is cognate with German 'Kerl', which can by negative like English
'Churl,' but also positive. Er ist ein guter Kerl! He's a good chap!
Ceorl only became derisive after the Norman invasion. By the by, 'C'
before an 'E' or an 'I' in Old English sounded like the 'CH' in churl.
Hence, child (German, Kind), church (German, Kirke), and witch from
Anglo-saxon (old English) wicce, which was pronounced something like
"witche" with the final 'e' sounded like 'eh.'
Candon Clannach, [log in to unmask]
To connect this with the Celts... Celtic society also had three
divisions, the Druids, the Warriors, and the Free Farmers. The Germanic
peoples lost or got rid of the priestly function, and it was merged with
the Nobility (warriors) as in the Norse Gothi, which brought the Thralls
or slaves into the third position. The Celts also had slaves, but they
were not considered part of the three main divisions of society.