[Spellyans] Trevithal, Paul

Eddie Climo eddie_climo at yahoo.co.uk
Tue Aug 9 11:28:31 IST 2016


Interesting speculation, Craig. Might be worth checking to see if there are cognate toponyms in, say, Welsh or Breton that shed light on the matter. Their etymologies might be better documented than ours.

Eddie Climo

H. F. Climo

> On 9 Aug 2016, at 11:13, Craig Weatherhill <craig at agantavas.org> wrote:
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> What is the qualifying element in this place-name?  Historic forms of the name are as follows:
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> Trevethegal 1315, 1317, 1321
> Trevethygel, Trevethall 1389
> Trevithal, Trevergal 1668
> Trevithole 1696
> Trevidall 1725
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> All that I can think of is that it's a derivative of <medhek>, "doctor, surgeon".
> Could it be an otherwise unattested word <*medhegel>, perhaps "surgery"?
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