In a message dated 6/3/99 6:25:03 PM, [log in to unmask] wrote:
<<On Thu, 3 Jun 1999, alberto fedrigotti wrote:
> what about MARTIGNACCO?
'Martignacco' looks like one of very many Gallo-Roman toponyms formed with
the suffix _-acum_ (presumably a Latinisation of a Gaulish _-akon_; cognate
to the Irish suffix _-ach_) with a general meaning like "pertaining to"
(today this suffix has become _-ac_ in Occitan-speaking areas, and _-ay_ or
_ey_ in French(Oil)-speaking areas). Although these toponyms are Celtic in
form, many of them were derived from Latin proper names: for example, the
name of my own home village, Allerey, was originally _Alleriacum_, and
referred to the property of a Roman citizen named Allerius. I seem to
remember at least one place in southern France called Martignac, which would
be an exact cognate of 'Martignacco'. Both toponyms would mean "place of
Martin". They're probably too early to refer to St Martin of Tours, but
_Martinus_ ("devoted to Mars") wasn't a rare name in the Roman world.