> All I know is that it was found at a site in Haute-Savoie in southern
> France. Haven't seen pictures or anything or exact location.
In fact, the stone there is damaged and the reading is not sure:
The first letter is lost. There have been several meanings about:
1) there's never been a first letter: ATHUBODUA < *Ate-bodua
2) similar to the Irish Bodb Caith (I'm not sure about the spelling)
there was constructed *Catu-bodua.
As far as I know, this is the only quotation of the name in
Gaulish/Celtic, so the existence of a Gaulish goddess *Catu-bodua is
a) the inscription is dated to a late period of Gaulish (th instead of
t), when the language was already
hardly damaged by Latin influence
b) a "Fugenentgleisung" might be possible (-u- instead of -o- ? (< -i-
!)) [what about an euphemism:
*Mato-bodua < *Mati-bodua from mati "good" (Ir. math, W. mad, Bret.
(On the other hand, the has been a female [?] divinity *bodua = Ir.
bodb, cp. G. names with -genos/-genus "son of")
For further material and literature see
Karl-Horst Schmidt, Die Komposition in gallischen Personennamen,
[Index: Athubodua, Cathubodua]
(A little picture is available at Botheroyd/Botheroyds "Lexikon der