Nancy Ann wrote:
> 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
In latinized English (Boadicea), it is pronounced [bodIsia].
The Brittonic form was Boudica, and this was pronounced something like
[boudika] or [bowdika].
The /ou/ diphtong became a high, central vowel in transition from
Brittonic to early/middle Welsh. Indeed it remains the same in the
Northern dialects, and the spelling /u/, shows it's origin: Modern Welsh
Buddig or Buddug (victorious).
Personally, I prefer the second pronounciation as it reflects the
original Celtic pronuncitation (but note, that the Latin of Tacitus,
where we find this name, would have sounded very similar to the Celtic,
i.e. the /c/ would have been pronounced [k].
Candon Clannach, [log in to unmask]
Bum corwc ymyr.
-Taliesin "Kat Godeu"