Re: The Need for Debate
|From:||John Cowan <jcowan@...>|
|Date:||Tuesday, December 7, 2004, 20:21|
Steg Belsky scripsit:
> York comes from Norse "Jorvik"? I thought it came from Latin
> "Eboricum" or something like that...
"Eboracum", yes, and before that from some Celtic name. But the Old English
name was "Eoforwic", a case of folk etymology -- the meaningless Latin name
was reinterpreted as "Wild-boar-town". If the name had descended unchanged,
it would have come out Everwich, or something of the sort -- but when the
Danes took over they simplified "Eofor-" to "Jor-" and replaced the ending
with their cognate form "-vik". "York" is a further reduced descendant.
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