[Spellyans] Diacritics?

Craig Weatherhill weatherhill at freenet.co.uk
Sat Jul 12 17:44:26 IST 2008

In Cornish place-names, bod/bos translates as "dwelling, home", so that 
Botallack is the "home of a man called Talek".  The personal name, 
"heavy-browed" still survives as a Cornish surname Tallack (Tallack's 
Windscreens, Penryn , for example).  There is a similar word, bos, 
meaning "bush" but this does not seem to occur in Cornish toponyms.  
Helyk is "willow-tree", the short e vowel being consistent, even in 
variants of the word.

Bod/bos names, along with those beginning with Tre- and Car- are 
believed to be the very earliest place-names in Cornwall.


Hewitt, Stephen wrote:
> Really? In Breton, /bod/ (= Cornish /bos/) has two quite distinct 
> meanings, one "lodging", and the other "bunch, group", "bush", /Bod/ 
> in placenames, cf. /Botallec/ = /Bod Haleg/, is generally taken to 
> have the second sense, in other words "a bunch, group of willow 
> trees". I always thought /Boscawen/ (which no doubt exists in Breton 
> placenames as /Bodscao, Bodscaven/) was "a bunch, group of elder trees".
> Steve Hewitt
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> "the downs of Boscawen" as opposed to Boscawen-ros ("roughland of
> Boscawen") in the same parish of St Buryan.  Boscawen is "dwelling (at
> an) elder tree".
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