There's a question I've been dying to ask, but was a bit concerned that it
was too basic for the list. However, I think Mike & Dennis may have given
me space to squeak in this question--
What is/Is there an accepted pronounciation for the name Boudicca/Boadicea?
I have only heard the name pronounced four or five times, each time
differently. I've never been able to question the speaker about the
pronounciation. Dictionaries seem to differ, too. The name seems to have
anywhere from three to five syllables.
Will someone provide me with the phonetic spelling (off list if that's more
Thanks much! Nancy Ann
>>Ar 11:03 AM -0600 6/15/98, scrmobh Mike Johnston:
>>> 3) Would the name of the historical Boudicca (Boadicea) been a
>>> derivative of the goddess' name? Is it known if her name was given
>>> to her at birth, or assumed at a later date?
>>Ta na ceisteanna a chuir tz romhainn inniu an-spiisizil, a Mhaidhc.
>>This is the easiest of them to respond to. Pierre-Yves Lambert has
>>explained Boudicca as a hypocoristic diminutive based on "boudi-"
>>(victory), which is cognate with OI "buaid" (mod. "bua") and Welsh
>>"budd". In fact, the Welsh name for this queen of the Iceni is
>>Buddug (= victorious).